Everything You Need to Know About Identity Theft, All in One Place


What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft is committed when someone steals your personal information — such as your name, Social Security number, and date of birth — typically to hijack your credit and use it to open up new credit accounts.

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[Infographic] Lock or Freeze

Both a security freeze and a credit report lock have the same impact on your credit report, but don't work in exactly the same way. Learn more.

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Identity Theft: What it is, What to Do

Being a victim of identity theft can be a frightening experience. Learn more about the warning signs of ID theft and what to do if you believe your identity has been stolen.

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Lost Credit Card: 4 Things to Do

Can't find your credit card? Don't panic. Here's a quick list of four things to do if you've misplaced a credit or debit card.

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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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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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Fraud Alert, Security Freeze, and Credit Report Lock

Each can help you better protect your personal information, but they are not the same. Here's a closer look at how they function.

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Are You At Risk for Identity Theft?

Even the most careful consumers can fall victim to identity theft. To enhance your identity theft protection strategy further, regularly monitor your credit report for identity theft red flags.

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How Can I Better Protect Myself from Identity Theft?

Sometimes consumers cannot completely protect themselves from the sophisticated tactics identity thieves use to get their hands on sensitive personal and financial information.

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Are My Children at Risk From Identity Theft?

Children can be vulnerable to identity theft. They are often targeted by identity thieves - the majority of whom are family members or close family friends.

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Equifax is helping put you in control of your Equifax credit report. With Lock & Alert, you can quickly and easily lock and unlock your Equifax credit report with a click or swipe, and we’ll send a confirmation alert.1

  1. Locking your Equifax credit file will prevent access to it by certain third parties. Locking your Equifax credit file will not prevent access to your credit file at any other credit reporting agency. Entities that may still have access to your Equifax credit file include: companies like Equifax Global Consumer Solutions which provide you with access to your credit report or credit score, or monitor your credit file; federal, state, and local government agencies; companies reviewing your application for employment; companies that have a current account or relationship with you, and collection agencies acting on behalf of those whom you owe; for fraud detection purposes; and companies that wish to make pre-approved offers of credit or insurance to you. To opt out of such pre-approved offers, visit www.optoutprescreen.com.