Identity Theft

Many of the offenders committing identity theft and forgery are drug abusers. In order to finance their addiction these offenders are stealing mail, dumpster diving behind businesses and breaking into cars, homes and businesses looking for any documents or articles that may contain this information. Your personal information is then being used to apply for credit cards, retail credit or to create counterfeit checks with your account number.

It is important to protect your information at all times and ensure that any business that obtains your information in the course of doing business is questioned by you as to how they are going to protect or destroy that information once they have finished with it.

If you find that you have been victimized, refer to the information supplied on this site. Follow the steps outlined and keep a personal file on each incident to aid in clearing up your credit. Included on this site are downloadable forms and tip sheets that you may print and use at your discretion.
  1. Check & Credit Card Fraud

    If your checkbook has been stolen or lost, call your financial institution immediately and have a "stop payment" put on your checks.

  2. Computer & Telephonic 'Phishing' Schemes

    Phishing is a scheme where criminals attempt to identify a legitimate email address by sending a familiar looking computer generated email message.

  3. Lottery / Nigerian Scams

    Phishing scams can also occur through email or letter indicating in some fashion that you have won a lottery.

  4. Placing a Fraud Alert

    If someone has used your personal identifying information, such as your social security number, date of birth and name, to open lines of credit or to obtain services, you will first need to contact all 3 major credit reporting bureaus to place a "Fraud Alert" on your credit report.