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Identity Theft Warning Signs
What is Identity Theft?
Identity happens when a thief steals your personally identifiable information (PII) without your knowledge to commit fraud or theft.
What Are the 5 Most Compromised Pieces of PII Resulting in Identity Theft?
- Credit Card/Financial Institution
- Date of Birth
- Driver's License
- Medical Identification
- Social Security Number
The following are some examples of common warning signs of identity theft:
- You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
- Your credit score drops suddenly.
- You are denied credit.
- Your checks are no longer accepted.
- You no longer receive certain mail.
- You receive bills or credit cards for services/accounts you are not familiar with.
- You are contacted by debt collectors for services/accounts you are not familiar with.
- You get a notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.
- You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
- You receive bills from medical providers for services you didn’t receive.
- Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
- A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
- You receive notice from the IRS that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
Consumers may file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Team: