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If someone is using your personal information to make purchases, get benefits, file taxes, or commit fraud, that's identity theft. Identity theft is a serious crime and it's on the rise.

One key way to protect yourself is to review your account activity regularly and report any unauthorized activity or suspected identity theft incidents to us immediately.

If you suspect that your identity has been used fraudulently, we urge you to visit the Federal Trade Commission's website at to report identity theft and obtain detailed advice on proactive steps you should consider taking to protect yourself, including:

  • How to order obtain an annual free copy of your credit reports
  • How to place free, one-year fraud alerts on your credit file
  • How to place extended fraud alerts and security freezes on your credit file