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Identity Theft

Identity theft is a federal crime that occurs when someone uses your personal information without your knowledge or consent for financial or other gain. With it being one of the fastest growing crimes in America, identity theft can happen anytime and to anyone. 

Tactics to secure your identity: 

  • Do not share Personal Identifiable Information (PII).

    • Social Security Number​

    • Full Name

    • License Number

    • Date of Birth

  • Shred unwanted documents containing personal information. 

  • Beware of scams

    • Phone Scams​

    • Phishing Scams

  • Stay away from unsecured websites, it may contain Malware

    • Malware is a type of virus that is used to gain unauthorized access to ​your computer. 

What is Credit Card Fraud?

Credit card fraud is the unauthorized use of a credit or debit card, or similar payment tool (ACH, EFT, recurring charge, etc.), to fraudulently obtain money or property. Credit and debit card numbers can be stolen from unsecured websites or can be obtained in an identity theft scheme.

Two ways to prevent credit card fraud:

  • Don’t give out your credit card number online unless the site is secure and reputable. Sometimes a tiny icon of a padlock appears to symbolize a higher level of security to transmit data.

  • Check with your bank for unauthorized or questionable charges.

To make a report for credit card fraud or identity theft please respond to the Demarest Police Department.  

Detective Bureau:

Det/Lt. Joseph Del Greco #440 

Detective Brian Hampton #441

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