Identity Theft

Protect yourself against identity theft by using the following tips:

  • Always use security software with firewall and anti-virus protections, along with strong passwords.
  • Recognize and avoid phishing emails, calls, and texts asking for personal information.
  • Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails or other sources.
  • Protect personal data. Don't carry your Social Security Card, and make sure your tax records are secure.
  • Monitor your bank accounts and credit reports for any unusual or unauthorized activity.
  • Notify financial institutions and credit card companies immediately if your wallet or credit cards are lost or stolen, and file a police report.

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft/fraud:

  • Visit to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
  • Contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit records (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion).
  • Contact your financial institutions and close any financial or credit accounts opened without your permission or tampered with by identity thieves.
  • File a police report.


Contact the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office to file a report or for more information: 301-475-8008.