How Does Identity Theft Happen?
Identity thieves obtain other people's personal information in many ways, such as:
- Going through trash or “dumpster diving.”
- Stealing wallets or purses.
- Stealing mail.
- Using fake emails to solicit personal information.
- Stealing personnel records from their employers.
Tips for Preventing Identity Theft
- Shred financial documents before discarding them.
- Protect your Social Security number.
- Don’t give out personal information unless you’re sure who you’re dealing with.
- Don’t use obvious passwords.
- Keep your information secure.
- Safeguard information on your computer.
Protect Your Personal Information in Public Records
Visit other public records websites for additional information on protecting your personal information.
- Palm Beach County Property Appraiser
- Palm Beach County Tax Collector
- Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
If You Are a Victim
- File a police report.
- Call Florida’s Fraud Hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM and the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-ID-THEFT.
- Review Florida's ID Theft Victim Kit for details on what to do and who to contact.
The below websites provide additional information about identity theft.
- Federal Trade Commission
- Identity Theft Resource Center
- Office of the Attorney General of Florida
- Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Annual Credit Report is the official site for consumers to request a free credit report from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You can request a free report every 12 months.
Schedule a Speaker
The Clerk & Comptroller’s Speakers’ Bureau is available to visit your office or group to discuss ways to prevent identity theft. Call (561) 355-2468 to schedule a speaker or for more information.