Union Township Police Department

 

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. It can occur when a criminal steals personal identifying information such as name, birth date, Social Security number or your mother’s maiden name and uses it for their own gain. These thefts can occur through lost or stolen credit or debit cards, non-secure online transactions, personal information recovered from your garbage, and most frequently, stolen mail from your mailbox.

 

BASIC SAFETY TIPS

 

CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS

 

MAIL

Don’t leave mail in your mailbox for more than a day. If you are gone, arrange to have saction.

A secure transaction will have a "padlock" icon at the bottom strip of the web page. Also, the URL address will change from "http" to "https" on the page where you input personal data.

 

DISCOVERING ID THEFT

Checking your financial statements frequently and carefully can be your best first step towards discovering an ID theft.

The sooner you discover your identity is being used, the sooner you can begin to fight back to lessen the damage the criminal can do.

 

REPORTING ID THEFT

Call the Police: To report a physical theft of your belongings, or a robbery.

If immediate danger is over, you can make a report to the Union Township Police non-emergency line: (724) 652-5203

Call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service office: If the crime involved U.S. mail. (206) 442-6300

Call the U.S. Secret Service: If the crime involved counterfeit credit cards or computer hacking. (206)220-6800

Call the issuing credit card company: if the crime involved credit card fraud.

OTHER STEPS YOU CAN TAKE

Call the Federal Trade Commission 1-877-IDTHEFT: For counseling and help to resolve problems arising from this crime.

Call one of the major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion): to see if any new accounts were opened in your name without your consent. You can place a "fraud alert" on your file. Please note: If you call before you have a police incident number, the alert stays on your information for only 90 days. If you call WITH a police incident number, the alert will stay on your file for 7 years.

Keep a record: When you start calling agencies to report your case, keep a record of the names and phone numbers of the people you talked to, along with any supporting documentation.