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Safety Tips for On and Off Campus
Trust your instincts! If someone or some situation makes you uneasy, leave the area you are in. Cross the street, go into a store or building, or get in your car and go home.
If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist. Give up your property – not your life!
Feel safe at home. Don’t let anyone in unless you are absolutely sure of your safety.
If a carjacker demands your car, give it up! Your life and health are more important than any vehicle.
If you are ever the survivor of a sexual assault, remember you are a survivor, not the person who did something wrong.
Safeguarding Your Identity
During an average day you may shop online, use the ATM, or make a purchase using your credit card. As routine as these activities may seem, they may lead to you becoming a victim of identity theft. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting approximately 900,000 new victims each year. The average victim spends more than 175 hours and one thousand dollars in out-of-pocket expenses to clear their name. Job opportunities can be lost, loans refused-you can even be arrested for crimes you did not commit. With just a small amount of personal information, someone can steal your identity and use it for financial gain.
Top 10 Sources of Identity Theft
Minimize Your Risk of Becoming a Victim
You can minimize your risk of becoming a victim by managing your personal information wisely. You are careful about locking up your home and your car to prevent theft, but an identity thief can steal from you without ever setting foot in your home. Practice the following tips to help protect you and your family.
If You Become a Victim …
Should you suspect someone has opened an unauthorized account in your name or accessed your bank information, contact that institution and the police. You can also place an alert on your information with any one of the three credit reporting agencies: TransUnion, Equifax, or Experian:
TransUnion1-800-680-7289 www.transunions.comFraud Victim Assistance Division
P.O. Box 6790
P.O. Box 740241
P.O. Box 9532
Institutions will be required to contact you personally before opening an account or approving a loan in your name to verify it is you. For more information on identity theft or credit card fraud and other related crimes, see the Federal Trade Commission’s website at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/index.html. The Federal Trade Commission can be contacted at 877-438-4338.
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