- Identity theft is taking someone else’s personal information (such as the driver license or identification card number, social security number, bank or credit card account numbers, etc.)
An impostor can use your identity to open fraudulent credit accounts, secure loans for cars and housing, or steal money from your bank accounts. It is a serious crime with serious consequences.
- NEVER, NEVER, NEVER send money to someone in order to get money back. No reputable institution in this country operates in that manner.
- Do Not Be Pressured. So-called limited time offers should not require an immediate decision right then and there. Just tell the caller, “I’d like some time to think about this. If I am interested, I will call you back.”
- When shopping online, shop with credible retailers.
- Look for the symbols for Verisign Secured or Verified by VISA.
- Don’t shop online in public using public wi-fi. Everyone has access to it.
- Learn how to FREEZE your credit report to prevent hackers from accessing your personal information.
- If identity theft happens to you, contact a Spokane Crime Victim Advocate for assistance, if needed, at