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Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States. It happens in Jefferson County, and it could happen to you. Identity theft occurs when a person has identifying information stolen by criminals. The criminals use the victim's information to commit financial fraud and theft. Identity thieves can seek a victim's name, address, date of birth, social security number, account numbers, and any other private information.
Flagging is placing the red flag on your mailbox in the up position to alert the mail carried know there is outgoing mail. This also alerts identity thieves and tells them information is available to be stolen.
Skimming is the practice of using a small electronic device to capture the information encoded in the electronic strip on the back of credit cards, debit cards and driver's licenses. Identity thieves can use skimmers to steal information in a variety of situations.
A trespass to a motor vehicle involves someone breaking into a locked or unlocked vehicle to steal something of value. Identity thieves often break into cars to steal visible wallets and purses and use any credit cards or account information they find.
Phishing is the deceptive use of email messages, social-networking sites, instant-messaging sites or cell phone text messages to steal your personal data (date of birth, credit card information, PIN numbers, passwords and more!).
Report the crime immediately to the police. If the crime took place in unincorporated Jefferson County, call 303-277-5550.
If your driver's license/ID number has not been used fraudulently, but other identity theft has occurred, you may contact your local motor vehicle office to request an alert on your record to deter further fraud. Please be aware that an alert may cause closer scrutiny of anyone - including you - trying to obtain a license/ID in your name or gives your identification to law enforcement personnel.
You may wish to call the U.S. Postal Service at 800-275-8777 and request to have your mail held at your local post office for pick up. This will prevent your mail from being intercepted by the individual using your identity.
Contact check-approval companies to determine whether your driver's license/ID has been used to write bad checks.
There are various organizations that can help you replace documents that may have been stolen or lost and place alerts on those records.
There are things you can do to fight identity theft. Your best weapon in the fight against identity theft is prevention.
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