Identity theft occurs when your personal information is taken without your knowledge and used by someone else to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can destroy your credit and cost you time and money to get your credit status repaired. And though a damaged credit rating may not seem important right now, it may be critical when you graduate from UWF and apply for your first career position, when you apply for a loan to buy a new car, or when you apply for a loan to buy a new home.
The Federal Trade Commission provides the following tips for avoiding identity theft:
P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, Ga. 30374-0241
Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)
P.O. Box 1017, Allen, Texas 75013-0949
Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, Ca. 92834
Finally, report ID theft to the Federal Trade Commission through one of the three following locations:
You may pick up a FREE copy of Florida’s Identity Theft Victim Kit at UWFPD (Building 19).