In addition to signing up for the free services that the FDIC is providing, here are steps you can take to help protect your identity:
Spot the warning signs of identity theft
- Visit IdentityTheft.gov to learn how to set up protections.
- Get a free credit report (www.consumer.FTC.gov).
- Set up alerts on your accounts.
Beware of phishing scams
Phishing is when a bad actor impersonates a business or someone you trust in order to get your private information. Never click on links you do not trust and do not give out your personal information. Legitimate organizations never ask for your information through text messages, pop-up messages, or email. Scammers may call and pretend to be from a government agency or a business to try to get you to give them sensitive information. If a caller asks for your information, call back using a number you know to be legitimate.
If you think your identity has been stolen
If you are concerned that you are experiencing identity theft, visit IdentityTheft.gov. This website explains steps you can take to recover your identity.
Tips for practicing safe online behavior every day
Practicing safe online behavior helps you protect yourself from identity theft, fraud, and other online crimes and malicious activity. Learn what you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your workplace through tips and free resources from Stop. Think. Connect, a national cybersecurity awareness campaign led by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. Visit ftc.gov/idtheft for additional prevention tips and free resources.