Fraud CenterIdentity Theft
Identity fraud and identity theft continue to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, and have ranked as some of the top consumer concerns for the past several years. Identity fraud is typically an isolated attempt to steal money from an existing account using stolen information such as a credit card or bank account number. Identity theft involves the use of stolen financial information such as a credit card, bank account or Social Security number, to initiate several transactions in your name or open new accounts using your information. Both identity fraud and identity theft can cause financial loss or damaged credit. Thieves can obtain your personal information in many ways, from online methods such as hacking and stealing online passwords to stealing your purse or wallet or intercepting your mail and financial statements or pulling them out of the trash. Click here to find out more about how to protect yourself from identity theft. The following link provides a multimedia presentation produced by the FDIC to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft.