Identity Theft

Identity theft is a serious crime. It occurs when your personal information is stolen and used without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can cost you time and money. It can destroy your credit and ruin your good name.

Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information.

  • Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information before you discard them.
  • Protect your Social Security number. Don't carry your Social Security card in your wallet or write your Social Security number on a check. Give it out only if absolutely necessary or ask to use another identifier.
  • Don't give out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you know who you are dealing with.
  • Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails; instead, type in a web address you know.

The Collierville Police Department continues to strive to provide crime information tips as part of our efforts to reduce the risk of citizens in this community "falling victim" to identity theft. Although the Collierville Police Department continues to provide information to our citizens, we realize that identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes across the nation. As part of our effort to reduce your chances of becoming a victim, we would like to share below some tips that can easily help reduce your risk of identity theft.

  • Keep your firewalls, anti-spy ware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer; keep them up-to-date.
  • Don't use an obvious password like your birth date, your mother's maiden name, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • Keep your personal information in a secure place at home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help, or are having work done in your house.

The above safety tips are some of the important general tips you can use to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. You can use these tips along with others provide through the links below to become better aware of what you can do to help protect your identity. If you become a victim of identity theft, contact your local police department for assistance.

Additional information on identity theft can be obtained on the Internet at the following links:

Federal Trade Commission

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Common Fraud Schemes

US Postal Inspectors - Fraud