Cyber Security Awareness - Identity Theft

Identity Theft

Identity Theft is defined as the fraudulent acquisition and use of an individual's personally identifying information, usually for financial gain. Key pieces of personally identifying information include such items as social security, insurance, or driver's license numbers. Thieves who steal such information may then use it to obtain credit, merchandise, or medical drugs and services, all in the name of the victim.

The identity you save may be your own.

  • Cancel unused credit cards
  • Never needlessly carry around your social security card, passport or birth certificate
  • Never write down PIN numbers or passwords
  • Order and review your credit report at least once a year
  • Review your financial statement immediately and report any unauthorized purchases

Helpful Information

Here are some common examples of identity theft scenarios and how they play out:

  • Tax-Related Identity Theft
  • Child Identity Theft
  • Medical  Identity Theft

Because security doesn't stop at a strong password, it takes multiple layers to keep us all safe.

Visit the links below to learn how to  you protect your identity.

  • How To Keep Your Personal Information Secure
  • Disposing of Old Computers
  • Disposing of Mobile Devices
  • Signs of Identity Theft
  • Immediate Steps to Repair Identity Theft
     
Many thanks to the University of Georgia's Office of Information Security department for allowing us to use their image concepts for our campaign to help combat cybercrime. It is this type of shared governance and shared responsibility that will hopefully slow down the attackers and create a safer environment for us all.
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Article ID: 11968
Created
Wed 3/30/16 9:42 AM
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Mon 8/15/22 8:22 AM

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