Webinar: Credit freezes, credit scores, and identify theft — consumerfinance.gov

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Identity theft occurs when someone steals a consumer’s identity to commit fraud, by using personal information without permission. Identity theft and fraud affect many Americans. According to the Justice Department, over 36 million people, or nearly 15% of all U.S. residents age 16 or older have experienced at least one incident of identity theft during their lifetime. To protect against identity theft and fraud, a consumer can seek a security freeze (also known as “credit freeze”), and regularly check credit reports and scores to look for possible fraudulent actions. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other federal agencies have tools and resources to help consumers keep an eye on their credit profile and avoid identity theft. This webinar was recorded in October 2018. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly. Learn how the CFPB can help you at https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/ Connect with us: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFPB Facebook: https://facebook.com/CFPB