Identity theft occurs when someone uses
your personal information such as your name, Social Security
number, credit card number or other identifying information,
without your permission to commit fraud or other
Identity theft is a serious crime.
identities have been stolen can spend months or years - and
their hard-earned money - cleaning up the mess thieves have
made of their good name and credit record. In the meantime,
victims may lose job opportunities, be refused loans,
education, housing or cars, or even get arrested for crimes
they didn't commit.
The Federal Trade Commission has an excellent
website explaining identity theft, tips on minimizing your
risk, and actions to take if you become a victim of identity
theft. We encourage you to visit the following Federal Trade
Commission web sites to minimize your risk of this growing