- 1. Never give your personal or financial information to someone unless you have initiated the contact and have verified you know who you are communicating with.
- 2. Do not allow someone to conduct activity through your account. For example, never provide your debit card number or PIN or online banking credentials to another individual to conduct transactions.
- 3. Never send money (e.g. Cashier’s Checks, cash, or wire transfers) to someone who asks you to accept a deposit for them and send them the money.
Fraud and identity theft is the number one white collar crime in the United States. For the victim, these crimes can cost a great deal of time, effort, and possibly money in repairing the effects of a fraudster's actions.
How do you know if you are a victim of fraud or identity theft? What can you do if you are? Learn how to recognize signs of fraud or identity theft with the links at left, and be sure to check out this quick video from TransUnion. Find out what steps you can take to reduce your risk of ending up as a victim. For more tips on protecting yourself, check these videos from the Federal Trade Commission.