Prepared by Michael Dana and Andrea Prater, CFE
Definition: Identity theft occurs when someone appropriates your personal information to commit fraud or theft. Personal Information can include your name, date of birth, social security number, and driver’s license number.
TIPS FOR YOU TO REMEMBER
Dallas Police Reports: 214-671-3345 or www.dallaspolice.net
Complaints against Public Utilities - PUC: www.puc.state.tx.us
Texas State Attorney General-Consumer Complaints: 1-800-252-8011
Treasury Department Tax Fraud: 972-308-1169
Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - clearinghouse for complaints by victims of identity theft: www.ftc.gov/idtheft or 1-877-ID THEFT (438-4338)
FTC Do not call list: www.donotcall.gov or 888-382-1222
Non Profit organizations to assist victims: www.idtheftcenter.org
To Opt out of credit cards: www.optoutprescreen.com or 1-888-567-8688
Free Antivirus Software for your computer: www.avast.com
Microsoft has free spy ware at their website: www.microsoft.com. Note: Your computer should have the firewall active and be set to receive automatic updates from Microsoft. If you have wireless networks, make sure to set passwords and encrypt the network access.
Spybot free spyware program: www.safer-networking.org
www.fakechecks.org - This website has reenactments of popular scams
Medicare Fraud: www.smpresource.org. Senior Medicare Patrols (SMPs) is an organization that empowers and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to prevent, detect and report health care fraud, errors and abuse (877) 808-2468.
Dateline “ To Catch an Identity Thief” Via NBCNews.com: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/17822423