Identity Theft Prevention
Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.
The security of your personal and financial information is of paramount importance:
- In 2016, 13 million Americans were victims of identity theft in the US with an average of $1,585 per incident.
- The state of Texas ranks 3rd in the nation for cybercrime victims.
- In 2015, many credit card companies introduced the microchip (EMV) making them difficult to counterfeit; however, fraudsters now focus more on opening credit cards and accounts using a victim’s name and other stolen personal information.
Crime Stoppers shares important Identity Theft Prevention Tips to help prevent this from happening to you.