Identity Theft

Question: What recommendations should districts give employees regarding identity theft, and what steps should be taken if an employee suspects his/her identity has been stolen?

The IT Guy says:
"ID Theft,", a Website produced by the US Federal Trade Commission’s, is an excellent resource to share with employees and encourage them to use in the event they believe identity theft has taken place. The website details four different things an individual should do in this event:

  1. Notify one of the major credit reporting agencies and request that a fraud alert be placed on their credit report.
  2. Close accounts you believe may have been tampered with or used illegally.
  3. File a report with your local police department and obtain a copy of the report for your records.
  4. File a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission using the link on the above website.

Every employee should be encouraged to regularly obtain free copies of their credit report and review it for suspicious activities. Anyone can request free copies of their credit report using "AnnualCreditReport.com."

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