We are committed to educating our members on fraud and identity theft protection through our Fraud Information Center.
Understand the difference between fraud and identity theft, recognize common tactics used to obtain your information, and learn the steps you can take to help protect your account and personal information.
To learn more about ID theft and how to deter, detect and defend agaist it, visit ftc.gov/idtheft. Or request copies of ID theft resources by writing to:
Consumer Response Center - Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, H-130 - Washington DC 20580
Fraudsters may attempt to steal your identity by fraudulently obtaining your personal information — such as your Social Security number, bank account number, or other identification — and using it to open new accounts or initiate transactions in your name. An identity thief might open new credit cards or bank accounts, forge checks, or even apply for loans. This can cause financial loss or damage your credit, and possibly lead to a lengthy resolution process.
In general, identity theft is more extensive than fraud, which is usually limited to an isolated attempt to steal money from an existing account.
Even if you think your security has been compromised, it does not automatically mean that you are a victim of identity theft. An incorrect entry or isolated incident of theft from your Colorado Credit Union account may have occurred and can be quickly resolved — call CCU at 800-828-2274 or 303-978-2274.
How does identity theft happen?
Identity theft is portrayed as a high-tech crime affecting only those people who shop, communicate, or do business online. However, while thieves can obtain personal information via online methods, the majority of identity theft occurs offline. Stealing wallets and purses, intercepting or rerouting your mail, and rummaging through your garbage are some of the common tactics that thieves use to obtain personal information.
IDENTITY THEFT TIPS:
- Don’t pay by check. If you have to get checks for your checking account put your work address and phone number on the check to limit the amount of personal information on paper.
- Never list your Social Security # (CO. DMV used to print this on driver license) of anything and don’t carry your card anywhere.
- Destroy statements and solicitations. Don’t just tear them up and put them in the trash.
- Secure your mailbox and never mail payments from home.
- Add the date when you sign electronically on signature pads at retailers.
- Remove bar codes from magazines before you throw them in the trash.
- Keep your insurance card safe to prevent medical ID theft.
- Don’t leave paper trails.
- Know who you are dealing with. Do not give anyone personal information over the phone if they call you. If they say there are from a company that you deal with, get a number and offer to call them back. Then call the number of the company that you know and verify information.
- Remove your name from lists.
- No call registry 888-382-1222
- Contact existing creditors to opt out of their solicitations
- Always review your statements in a timely manner
- Know your delivery dates of your statements to follow up with the creditor if it is not received
- Monitor your credit report annually.
- Destroy Hotel Key Cards. You do not need to turn them back in.
- Put a security freeze on credit bureaus for those who will not be borrowing (children’s accounts where they will not be borrowing for a long time or elderly accounts where they are past their borrowing years). You can do this by contacting the credit bureaus directly to receive the proper instructions.
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