Fraud & Identity Theft

Explore ways to better protect your information, plus the warning signs of fraud and identity theft, and what to do if you believe your identity has been stolen.

How to Protect Yourself from Social Security Number Identity Theft

Your Social Security number can be an identity theft target. Here’s how you can help protect yourself and your Social Security number.

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Rental Fraud: How to Spot and Avoid Rental Scams

Rental fraud in the form of property listing scams is becoming more common and advanced. Learn how to better spot rental scammers and report housing scams.

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5 Ways to Better Protect Your Social Media Accounts from Identity Theft

Learn five ways to better protect yourself from identity theft on social media. Read more about social media safety and monitoring for identity theft.

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[Video] Freezing Your Child's Credit Report: FAQ

A security freeze is one tool parents and legal guardians can use to restrict access to a minor dependent's credit report. Here are some commonly asked questions -- and answers.

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8 Types of Identity Theft You Should Know

What are the most common types of identity theft? Learn more from Equifax about identity theft and what to do if your personal information is stolen.

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What Are Phishing and Smishing?

What are phishing and smishing and how can you avoid falling victim? Click here to learn more about how to spot phishing scams and how to protect yourself with help from Equifax!

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[Video] What to Do if You Lose Your Social Security Card

Your Social Security number is a key element of your identity, and is linked to your credit information. If you fear your Social Security card is lost or stolen, here are a few things you can do.

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[Video] 7 Things to Know About Fraud Alerts

Do you know what fraud alerts do, what types are available or how they work? Here are 7 things you might not know about fraud alerts.

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8 Facts About Security Freezes

A security freeze, also known as a credit freeze, is one tool you can use to help protect your personal information against fraud or identity theft. Learn more about freezing your credit reports.

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[Video] Are You Familiar With Security Freezes and Credit Report Locks?

At their most basic, a credit report lock and a security freeze are similar — both restrict certain access to your credit reports. But they’re not exactly the same. Knowing the difference between the two may help you make an informed decision about how you can better control access to your credit reports.

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How Does Identity Theft Happen?

Identity thieves have gotten more sophisticated in their methods. The following includes some of the ways identity theft may happen.

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How Can I Better Protect Against Identity Theft?

While it may not be possible to completely protect yourself from identity theft, there are some steps you can take to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim. 

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