Chief of Police
p. (316) 722-1433
10100 W Grady Ave.
P.O. Box 245
Maize, KS 67101
Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to
all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses
another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud
or deception, typically for economic gain. Identity theft is a
growing crime that can cost you time and money. It can destroy
your credit and ruin your good name. In a very short amount of
time from when your identity is compromised, a criminal can have
high quality identification cards made using your name and
issued identification numbers to then use to pass fraudulent
checks and open credit accounts in your name.
Shred financial documents and paperwork with
personal information before you discard them.
Protect your Social Security number. Don't
carry your Social Security card in your wallet
or write your Social Security number on a check.
Give it out only if absolutely necessary or ask
to use another identifier.
Don't give out personal information on the
phone, through the mail, or over the Internet
unless you know who you are dealing with.
Never click on links sent in unsolicited
emails; instead, type in a web address you know.
Use firewalls, anti- spyware, and anti-virus
software to protect your home computer; keep
them up-to-date. Visit
Don't use an obvious password like your birth
date, your mother's maiden name, or the last
four digits of your Social Security number.
Keep your personal information in a secure
place at home, especially if you have roommates,
employ outside help, or are having work done in
Dumpster Diving. They rummage through trash
looking for bills or other paper with your
personal information on it.
Skimming. They steal credit/debit card
numbers by using a special storage device when
processing your card.
Phishing. They pretend to be financial
institutions or companies and send spam or
pop-up messages to get you to reveal your
Changing Your Address. They divert your
billing statements to another location by
completing a "change of address" form.
"Old-Fashioned" Stealing. They steal wallets
and purses; mail, including bank and credit card
statements; pre-approved credit offers; and new
checks or tax information. They steal personnel
records from their employers, or bribe employees
who have access.
If you think you've become a victim of identity theft or
fraud, act immediately to minimize the damage to your personal
funds and financial accounts, as well as your reputation.
Here's a list of some actions that you should take right away:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to report the
situation online or by telephone toll free at 1-877-ID THEFT
(877-438-4338) or TDD at 202-326-2502, or by mail to Consumer
Response Center, FTC, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington,
Under the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act , the
Federal Trade Commission is responsible for receiving and
processing complaints from people who believe they may be
victims of identity theft, providing informational materials to
those people, and referring those complaints to appropriate
entities, including the major credit reporting agencies and law
enforcement agencies. For further information, please check the
FTC's identity theft Web pages.
Call the fraud units of the three principal credit reporting
Equifax: To report fraud, call (800)
525-6285 or write to P.O. Box 740250, Atlanta, GA 30374- 0250.
Experian: To report fraud, call (888)
EXPERIAN or (888) 397-3742, fax to (800) 301-7196, or write to
P.O. Box 1017, Allen, TX 75013.
Trans Union: To report fraud, call (800)
680- 7289 or write to P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92634.
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