Identity Theft

Have you or someone you know been a victim of Identity Theft? Statistics show that millions of Americans become a victim of identity theft every year. The perpetrators are looking for victims without criminal records and good credit ratings, that’s you! Protect yourself with some easy to do steps. Shredding your confidential mail is very important. Remove unnecessary identifying information from your checks, such as phone number and drivers license number (a retailer will ask if they need it). Check your credit report annually for free at Annual Credit Report. You do not need to sign up for anything at the site to get the report. Stop unsolicited pre-approved credit cards from being mailed by calling 1-888-5-opt-out (1-888-567-8688), you can opt-out for life. Also, never answer questions about your identity on the phone or by unsolicited e-mails. Your bank or other financial institutions have all your information, they don’t need you to tell them again by e-mail or phone.

If you've been the victim of an identity theft, please contact your local police department. You can view other ways to protect yourself by visiting the Wisconsin Department of Justice web site by clicking here.