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Preventing Online ID Theft

Online ID Theft Tips for seniors

  • If you shop or pay bills online regularly, only visit and give your information to trusted sites. (When sending information such as credit card info for a purchase or simply entering your password to log in, be sure the URL begins with “https” – the “s” means the site is secure.)
  •  Update your malware and virus protection daily.
  • Change your passwords every six months. Remember to use a mix of numbers and letters to make it more difficult for hackers.
  • Do not click on pop-up ads or run unfamiliar programs.

To learn more about identity theft, download our free ID Theft Handout.

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ID Theft Handout

ID theft victims: seniors

If you have been a victim of ID theft or fraud you should act fast. You should contact:

  • The three credit reporting agencies directly or through Annual Credit Report 
  • Your bank and creditors
  • The Federal Trade Commission
  • The local police to file a report

For more information on identity theft, visit our in-depth Financial Education section, with infographics, statistics, and more.


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