Fraud Prevention


What are some ways you can prevent fraud?

  • Shred all of your personal information before throwing it in the trash.
  • Don’t let mail pile up in your mailbox. Your mail contains a lot of personal information that you don’t want to get in the wrong hands.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited emails or mailings, they could be fronts for scams.
  • Do not carry your social security card, passport, or birth certificate with you. Keep it secured in a safe or safe deposit box.
  • Only make online purchases from secure websites and reputable companies. Anyone can create a website and begin offering items for sale for very low prices with the only intent of capturing your credit card number when you place your order.
  • Get checks sent to your bank and not mailed to your residence. Contact your financial institution for more information.
  • Take a look at www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com for information on how to protect yourself. Take a quiz to see if you are protected.

What are some ways the credit bureaus help prevent fraud?

  • Review your credit reports regularly. The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act) requires the three major credit bureaus to provide you with one free credit report a year. The three major consumer credit reporting companies created www.annualcreditreport.com to provide consumers with free credit reports from all three companies.
  • Opt out of pre-approved offers. Contact the credit bureaus and ask to be removed from this list.
  • Are you in the military? Did you know you can put an alert on your credit reports while you are away? Contact one of the credit bureaus more information.
Equifax Experian Transunion

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
http://www.equifax.com
P.O. Box 740241,
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

Experian: 1-888-397-3742
http://www.experian.com
P.O. Box 9532
Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
http://www.transunion.com
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834

 

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