Identity Theft Protection
Protect Your Identity
In addition to the tips given under crime prevention, this list summarizes some steps you may take to help protect your yourself from financial crimes, and identity theft crimes.
- Review all credit card and bank statements for unauthorized charges.
- Destroy any mail or personal papers with your personal information on it (shredding is the most common method).
- Destroy all receipts, shipping slips and bills that use your credit card number.
- Never leave transaction receipts at ATM machines, on counters at financial institutions, or at gasoline pumps.
- You’re entitled to one free credit report from each credit reporting company each year. Order your free credit reports online at www.annualcreditreport.com
- Order a credit report a month or more before you make a big purchase or apply for credit, to be sure there are no surprises in your history.
- It’s impossible to tell what’s real and what’s fake online. Just delete any e-mail that asks for personal information. Most companies do not ask for personal information via email.
- Hang up on telemarketers, particularly ones who seem to be fishing for personal information, like your birthday. Don’t give them any information.
For more information regarding identity protection and child identity protection, visit the Utah Attorney General’s Identity Theft Reporting Information System website: http://www.idtheft.utah.gov or visit http://www.creditscore.net/additional-resources/fight-identity-theft/
Another resource available, if you have been the victim of a financial crime over the internet is the Internet Crime Complaint Center. It’s a partnership between federal agencies, that was started to better refer internet crimes to agencies who could effectively investigate them. Bountiful officers sometimes refer citizens to the website in addition to documenting their situation in a police report, and beginning an investigation. Visit their website here – www.ic3.gov
The Bountiful City Police detective in charge of financial crimes, also recommends the use of the Bountiful Police Identity Theft Protection Packet. It contains information to protect yourself after an identity theft crime.
You can view and print the packet online, or you can pick one up at our station. To view the packet online click the following link – Identity Theft Protection Packet