The most important things you can do.

To avoid becoming a victim of identity theft:

  • Limit the amount of personal information you publish online.
  • Secure your computer and mobile phone with security software and strong passwords.
  • Be cautious about requests for personal information over the internet, phone and in person.
  • Learn how to avoid common scams by visiting
  • Investigate the arrival of new credit cards you didn’t ask for or bills for goods and services that aren’t yours.
  • Be alert for any unusual bank transactions or missing mail.
  • Order a free copy of your credit report from a credit reporting agency on a regular basis, particularly if your identity has been stolen.
  • If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, report it to your local police, ACORN or iDcare.