Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone obtains a person’s identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number or mother’s maiden name. Using this information illegally, an imposter can open new credit card accounts, drain your bank accounts, purchase automobiles, apply for loans, open utility services, and on and on.

No matter how cautious you are, you cannot guarantee that a criminal will not obtain your information. The following steps will tell you what the warning signs are, how to protect yourself, what to do if you become a victim, and the resources you will need. As always, contact the Greenfield Police Department, 414-761-5300, with questions.
  1. Warning Signs
  2. Protect Yourself
  3. Becoming a Victim
  4. Resources

Warning Signs

Often, there are no warning signs that identity theft has occurred. However, some reasons for concern are:
  • Your monthly credit card and bank statements suddenly stop arriving
  • You are denied credit for no apparent reason
  • You start getting bills from companies you do not recognize
  • Credit collection agencies try to collect on debts that do not belong to you