This info is from Herb Weisbaum at CNBC. Check this out..
Here are seven of the key signs that you are a victim of identity theft:
- Bills for goods or services you didn’t purchase appear on your credit/debit card statements: Don’t ignore small charges. Crooks who buy stolen account numbers sometimes do a test with a small purchase. If it’s unauthorized, check it out.
- Statements show up for an unknown credit card account: Armed with the right information, a thief can apply for credit cards in your name. They hope to go on a shopping spree—in your name, of course—before they get caught and the account is closed.
- A credit card or store charge card that you didn’t apply for shows up in the mail: An ID thief pretending to be you may have applied for that card. Don’t assume it’s a mistake. Contact the company right away.
- Collection notices or calls for a debt you don’t owe: It could be that an ID thief is using your personal information to buy things and not pay the bill. You’d better find out.
- Errors(misinformation) on credit report: You have the right to a free report every 12 months from the big three credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion). Get a report from one of the bureaus every four months and look for anything suspicious, such as an account you didn’t open or credit inquiries when you didn’t apply for credit. Use annualcreditreport.com.
- You have good credit, but an application for credit is denied: Find out what’s going on. An identity thief could have mucked-up your credit file and ruined your score.
- Missing mail or email: If the monthly statement from your bank or credit card company suddenly stops, that could signal an issue. A thief may have filed a change of address form to get that statement and keep you from spotting his dirty work for as long as possible.
“If you take five minutes to follow up on something that’s out of the ordinary, weird or just doesn’t make sense, you could save yourself a lot of headaches later on,” Velasquez said. The Identity Theft Resource Center has a full list of ID Theft Red Flags.