Protecting Yourself from Identify Theft

How Identity Theft Happens

Ways identity thieves obtain personal information include: 

  • Going through trash or “dumpster diving.”
  • Stealing wallets or purses.
  • Stealing mail.
  • Using fake emails to solicit personal information.
  • Stealing personnel records from employers.

Prevent Identity Theft

Ways to prevent identity theft include:

  • Shred financial documents before discarding them.
  • Protect your Social Security, bank account, debit card, or credit card number.
  • Don't provide personal information unless you’re sure who you’re dealing with and you know them to be trustworthy.
  • Avoid use of obvious passwords.
  • Keep your information secure.
  • Safeguard information on your computer.

If You Fall Victim

If you become, or suspect you have become, a victim of identify theft, take the following steps and access the links below:

  • File a police report with your local law enforcement agency.
  • Call Florida’s Fraud Hotline at 866-9-NO-SCAM.
  • Call the Federal Trade Commission at 877-ID-THEFT.

Learn More

To learn more about how to avoid identity theft and what to do if your identity is stolen, visit: