Family Economic Mobility Toolkit

Avoiding Identity Theft

Identity theft, fraud, and data breaches affect tens of millions of people in the U.S. each year. This is why it’s important to be cautious with identifying information — both online and in the real world.[1]

Ideas for Action

1. Check their credit report regularly.

Staff can encourage families to check their credit reports yearly in order to stay aware of any errors or suspicious items. Everyone is entitled to a free credit report from each bureau at least once a year. Staff and families can access their free report at

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2. Share information with families about identity protection, practicing online security, and limiting access to their personal information.

Staff can talk with families about safe identity practices and check-in with them if they have worries about identity theft.

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3. If a family’s identity is stolen, report it and take steps to recover.

Staff can help families navigate the process of reporting identity theft and follow-up steps.

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