Agent In Charge: Ralph Gagliardi, ID Theft/Mortgage Fraud Unit
Support and assistance available to victims of Identity Theft and Fraud 24 hours a day through our toll free hotline.
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The Federal Trade Commission defines "identity theft" as a fraud that is committed or attempted, using a person's identifying information without authority.
In the course of a busy day, you may write a check at the grocery store, charge tickets to a ball game, rent a car, mail your tax returns, change service providers for your cell phone, or apply for a credit card. In each transaction, you reveal bits of personal information, like your bank and credit card account numbers; your income; your Social Security number (SSN); or your name, address, and phone number - a goldmine of information for an identity thief. Once a thief has that information, it can be used without your knowledge to commit fraud or theft.
Identity theft is a serious crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend time and money cleaning up the mess the thieves have made of their good name and credit record. They may lose out on job opportunities, and loans for education, house, or cars. They may even get arrested for crimes they didn't commit.
AS WITH ANY crime, you cannot completely control whether you will become a victim.But according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, you can minimize your risk by managing your personal information cautiously.