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How can you  prevent ID Theft?

There are ways to help prevent identity theft.

Invest in a good quality paper shredder. This will be used to shred all of your documents (bank/credit card statements, documents containing any personal information, etc). You will want the kind that shreds paper into confetti. This will make it virtually impossible to tape documents back together.

laptopIf you use your computer to do online banking, purchasing merchandise and other financial endeavors, make sure the computer is equipped with antivirus software that can provide real-time protection for your home personal computer that guard against viruses, spyware and other malicious software.

When using an ATM machine, take a close look at the card slot and give it a tug. If it does not look right or if it moves, do no use it. Go inside if the bank is open and tell them. Remember there is no guarantee that a skimming device is or is not on an ATM machine.

lockKnow who you are giving your personal information out to. If you get an email saying it is from your financial institution asking for personal information, pin number, and/or account number, delete that email. Your financial institution will never ask you for that information in an email. Call your financial institution and let them know what you had just received so they are aware of what is happening and they can alert their security department. In addition, each month go over your accounts to make sure there are no unauthorized charges.

Furthermore, according to Federal law, you are allowed one free credit report annually from each credit monitoring company (Experian, Equifax, TransUnion). Stagger these reports by getting a report from a different company every few month. For more information, or to request your free credit report, go to

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Carroll County Sheriff's Office • 100 North Court Street • Westminster, Maryland 21157
410.386.2900 or 1.888.302.8924

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is committed to recruiting initiatives that reflect a fair and impartial representation of minority groups and females among its employees and applicants in approximate proportion to the minority composition of the Carroll County community.