For Immediate Release:
SAINT PAUL, MN – As part of National Consumer Protection Week, the Minnesota Department of Commerce warns consumers to protect themselves against identity theft. Minnesotans who suspect they might be victims of identity theft should act quickly to minimize the damage to their credit reports and lessen financial losses.
“Identity theft can happen to anyone and can have devastating financial results,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “The threat can come from high-tech skimmers that capture your credit card information to scammers who dumpster-dive for your personal information. Fortunately, Minnesotans can protect their information and financial well-being.”
Here are important steps consumers should take to monitor and protect themselves from identity theft crimes:
How to recover your identity:
After identity theft occurs, it is critical to document all conversations and correspondence with the companies and agencies helping to reestablish your personal information. Steps to repair your personal information may vary depending on what crime occurred, but in most cases there are a few basic steps to take: