Avoiding Identity Theft

Shielding families from phishing and other identity scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports, “Identity scam theft occurs when someone uses your identifying information. Use of your name, Social Security number, or credit card without your permission is a serious federal crime.”

Do not share account details or personal information to someone who contacts you

Sometimes criminals call, text or email a consumer, falsely representing themselves asa representative of internet providers, a bank or another government organization.

We strongly recommend that users never give information with a third party unless they can verify the request. Should you receive such a request via a text or phone call, please contact your service provider directly to determine if you have received a legitimate request.

Phishing or unsolicited text messages

Phishing involves a non-authorized entity or con artist using the branding, look alike numbers, and similar email links to a replica of internet web sites of reputable firms; They rely on your trust to lure a consumer into providing account and personal information to steal your money.

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