Identity theft is a growing type of criminal activity where anyone can be a victim. The Office of the District Attorney works with its federal, state and local partners to aggressively prosecute criminals who steal personal identity information and use that information for fraudulent purposes.
A person can be an identity theft and fraud victim when open or closed bank accounts are accessed, account numbers, PIN numbers, passwords social security numbers, driver’s license and other government issued identification are used to illegally obtain money or credit from the victim.
In order to try to prevent identity theft and fraud, it is recommended that a person should regularly monitor their accounts and safe guard all passwords, account information, personal identification and personal identification numbers. A person can also have an annual credit report provided to them free of charge by Equifax, Trans Union and Experian to help monitor your credit.
If you believe you are a victim of identity theft you should:
- Place a Fraud Alert on your credit reports and review your credit reports.
- Close the accounts that you know, or believe that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
- File a report with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-653-426).