What recommendations should school districts give employees regarding identity theft, and what steps should be taken if an employee suspects his/her identity has been stolen? I am not an expert on these issues, but going with what the FTC recommends on its website on identity theft, the steps below seem reasonable and well-advised:

1. Notify one of the major credit reporting agencies and request that a fraud alert be placed on your credit report.
2. Close accounts you believe may have been tampered with or used illegally.
3. File a report with your local police department and obtain a copy of the report for your records.
4. File a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission using the link on the above website.

Every employee should be encouraged to regularly obtain free copies of their credit report and review it for suspicious activities. Anyone can request free copies of their credit report using the website www.annualcreditreport.com. The FTC’s website (linked at the top) is a very good resource, this would be a great topic to discuss at a staff meeting anytime of the year.

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