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Identity Theft

By: Taryn Porter, Content Specialist at Cybercrime Support Network  

It’s important to stay vigilant and protect your private information online. Fraudsters are after pieces of your data like your name, date of birth, social security number (SSN), credit card information, driver’s license number, banking information, and more. If this data is breached, it can cause a multitude of issues, financial and otherwise.  

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What can I do if my SSN has been compromised?  

First, be sure to notify your bank or financial institution about the theft of your personal data. Be sure to run a credit report and monitor for any unusual activity. If you notice a change, freeze your credit with Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion. To learn more about how you can report, recover, and reinforce after a cybersecurity breach, visit FraudSupport’s SSN identity theft resource page 

How can I protect myself?  

Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) is proud to partner with organizations like The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) that work hard to fight insurance fraud and identity theft crimes. NICB has created resources like identity theft prevention tips and focus on fraud-fighting initiatives.  

Tips for keeping your personal information safe online:  

- Be wary about where you put your personal information online, especially your social security number. Don’t share your SSN unless necessary; provide other forms of identification when possible.  

- If you receive an email out of the blue requesting personal information, it is likely a phishing attempt. Never fill out personal information on a form you were not expecting to fill out.  

- Don’t post your address or your date of birth on a public platform like social media.  

- When online shopping, make sure the site is secure before entering your banking information. Check the web address for an ‘s’ at the end of “https://. This indicates a secure webpage.  

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Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, learning and development, government affairs and public affairs. The NICB is supported by more than 1,400 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $496 billion in insurance premiums in 2018, or more than 81% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 92% ($254 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.