Fraud Prevention Unit

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Download your credit reports and check for unauthorized accounts and errors at We recommend checking one report from one of the three major credit bureaus every four months throughout the year to keep yourself informed of any changes.

Freeze Your Credit

Placing a freeze on your credit file prevents new lines of credit from being opened without your direct permission. Place, lift or delete a freeze at any time at no charge; just make sure to keep your PIN in a safe place. It’s also a good idea to freeze your children’s credit to protect against child identity theft.

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