What is Identity Theft?
In today’s digital world, you are more likely to have your identity stolen than your car. As a Veteran, you have more to protect than the average citizen. It is essential to keep your sensitive personal information, Personally Identifiable Information and Protected Health Information safe and secure.
Identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s sensitive personal information, Personally Identifiable Information, or Protected Health Information to commit, aid or enable fraud.
- Social Security number
- Date and place of birth
- Mother’s maiden name
- Telephone number
- Driver’s license number
- Credit card number
- Finger prints
- Biometric records
- Financial transactions
- Medical history
- Criminal or employment history
How Can I Tell if My Identity Has Been Stolen?
The good news is that if you notice the clues early, there are several ways you can minimize the damage and rectify the situation. The more vigilant you are about looking for warning signs, the harder it will be for identity thieves to get what they want.
Common identity theft warning signs include:
- Finding unexplained charges on your credit card bill.
- Receiving a notification for an account you did not open.
- Missing or not receiving your normal bills or other mail.
- Being denied credit for no apparent reason.