Warning Signs of Identity Theft

Monday, December 14 at 09:40 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Unfortunately, your personal possessions aren’t the only thing people want to steal from you. Stealing the intangible – your identity – is also a popular object of prey for ill-intentioned people. 

What Do Thieves Do With Your Information?
Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can apply for a loan or credit card in your name, open new utility accounts or get medical treatment on your health insurance. An identity thief can file a tax refund in your name. In some extreme cases, a thief might even give your name to the police during an arrest.

Clues That Someone Has Stolen Your Identity
  • You find unfamiliar accounts on your credit report.
  • The IRS notifies you more than one tax return was filed in your name, or you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
  • You see unauthorized transactions in your account(s).
  • You don’t get your bills or other mail.
  • Merchants refuse your checks.
  • Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
  • Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
  • Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
  • Your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
If your wallet, Social Security number, or other personal information is lost or stolen, there are steps you can take* to help protect yourself from identity theft. Arvest also offers IDProtect™, an identity theft resolution and credit monitoring service designed to protect you and your immediate family. Be proactive and alert to protect your identity. 

Information from the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information was included or referenced when compiling this blog post.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Consumer Protection, IDProtect, Privacy and Security
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