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Identity Theft
Identity theft is a serious crime where people try to illegally use your personal information for their own gain. Information like your name, address, date of birth, Social Security Number, online banking passwords and PINs, credit and check card numbers are keys to your financial information. When scammers obtain your confidential information, they can charge expenses to your accounts, create new accounts in your name, or use your personal information for other illegal purposes.
How Your Identity Can Be Stolen
Identity thieves look for pieces of your personal information. Here are just a few ways in which thieves might obtain your identity:
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Signs of Identity Theft
Identity theft is dangerous because it can remain hidden for a relatively long time before it's identified. Here are some signs to help you identity if you've been a target of identity theft:
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Help Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
The important thing to remember is to use caution when disclosing personal and financial information. There are a number of ways you can help protect yourself from identity theft: For more information on how to protect yourself from identity theft and the steps you can take to safeguard your computers and personal information, review the online educational tool on FDIC's Web site.
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If You're a Victim of Identity Theft
If you think you're a victim of identity theft, take these steps immediately. You can also download our SunTrust Online Fraud and Identity Theft Guide. The guide includes tips you can use to help protect your personal and account information, as well as a detailed action plan of what to do if you think you're a victim of identity theft.
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Learn More About Identity Theft
The best way to protect yourself against identity theft and online fraud is to use caution when providing personal and account information and to stay informed about scams. Following are a few useful links for additional information: For more information on how to protect yourself from identity theft and the steps you can take to safeguard your computers and personal information, review the online educational tool on FDIC's Web site.


 
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