Roseville Police report that identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country.
It costs businesses and individuals billions of dollars a year. Consumers pay indirect costs in higher prices while victims spend an average of $1,500 and 175 hours cleaning up their credit report. If you believe you are a victim of identity theft contact Social Security Administration at 1-800-269-0271.
Protect yourself from being a victim of identity theft
• Limit what you put in your wallet and make copies of everything in case your wallet is stolen.• Do not give credit card information over the phone unless you initiated the call and you trust that business.• Do not carry your social security card with you. Keep it locked in a safe place. Do not put your SSN or driver’s license number on your checks or bills.• Shred documents that have personal information. Not all shredders are created equal, look for shredders with a security rating of at least 3. The smaller the shredded pieces, the better.• Mail bills, gift cards, and other sensitive items from a blue post office mailbox. If it is difficult to get to the post office, have a trusted friend mail your bills or hand letters directly to your mail carrier. Mail thieves look for the raised flags on mailboxes. • Contact the police if you think your credit card or your identity has been stolen. • Immediately report a theft of your credit cards or checks to your bank.• Order a copy of your credit report and review it for suspicious activity using the numbers listed below.
Experian 1-888-397-3742Trans Union 1-800-680-7289Equifax 1-800-525-6285
Contact Community Relations Coordinator Corey Yunke at 651-792-7209 for more information to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft or to schedule Roseville Police Department's identity theft presentation "Coffee with a Cop" for your group or organization.