Greensboro Detective J. Warren gave 2 Wants To Know these tips.

Warren says the department takes thousands of fraud reports every year, from a few dollar missing to several hundred thousand dollars.

He says it can take anywhere from a few days to months and even a year to work out identity theft cases. With that in mind, he says do everything you can to NOT be a victim. Shred your documents, don’t give out personal information and look over your statements regularly as well as checking your credit report once a year to make sure no one is using credit in your name! (BTW, you can check your report for free at

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If you become an identity theft victim, you need to contact your local authorities. You’ll need evidence of the fraud, whether that be a bank statement or credit card statement. From there, what?

The Federal Trade Commission has a website dedicated to your recovery plan. It gives you a course of action, when to take certain steps and how.