A LaPorte couple recently found out they were victims of identity theft after getting a cashier’s check and a letter from a bank in California. The letter from Citizen’s Bank in La Lolla, Calif. stated the cashier’s check for $3,675.06 could not be deposited using the information that was provided to them. That’s when the couple discovered their identity had been stolen, and someone had used their Social Security numbers to file a federal income tax return. They contacted the IRS and a credit monitoring agency to report the activity and also filed a report with the LaPorte Police Department.
Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website to learn how to guard against identity theft and the steps to take should your identity be stolen. You can access all this information at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft.