Identity theft occurs when someone, without your permission, gains access to personal information such as name, address, credit card information or social security number. They may then use that information to open bank accounts or charge cards under your name. They may borrow money or manufacture checks in your name. They can then order merchandise, phone cards, or any other items they desire.
A person can get access to your information a number of different ways such as stealing wallets or purses, stealing your mail (credit card statement or pre-approved credit offers), pulling your credit report, and taking information from the internet.
As a victim of identity theft, the County Attorney's office would like to provide you with resources to help you recover from identity theft. The County Attorney's office provides information on how to limit any further misuse of your identity.