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Identity Theft Information and Resources

Protect Your Personal Data
Identity theft happens daily, and serious data breaches are frequently highlighted in the news. No one is invulnerable to data loss but you can take steps to reduce your risk.
  • Do not give out your Social Security number to people or companies you do not know. Know why that information is required in any given situation. Never carry your social Security card with you.
  • Shred information you no longer need that contains personally identifiable information.
  • Use strong passwords for your online accounts and use different passwords for each account.
  • Check your annual credit report. Go to to get a free copy of your credit report.  Review the credit providers on the report to be sure credit has not been requested without your knowledge.
  • Never give personal information over the phone or on the Internet unless you are sure of who is asking for it.
  • Protect your computer with firewalls and regularly updated anti-virus software, and update your operating system regularly as well.
UMICH Password
If you believe your UMICH password has been compromised, you should change your UMICH password immediately and contact the ITS Service Center to let them know your account may have been affected.

Personal Data Loss
Should you experience a loss of personal data there are a number of actions you can take to minimize your loss.
  • First and foremost, remain calm. While this can be stressful, a calm demeanor will help you to navigate the steps successfully.
  • Remember to document your actions carefully. Keep copies of all the reports you file, and written notes of any phone conversations, including the names of the people with whom you speak.
  • If your Social Security number is lost in a hack you may want to contact the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service to guard against an identity thief who tries to file a change of address to get official documents sent to a new address (like your tax refund, for example), or to try and obtain employment in your name.  See the link below for contact information.
  • The following U.S. government Website has thorough instructions, printable checklists, sample letters, a section on your rights in such a situation, and Web links to necessary reporting agencies. Take time to read this carefully and apply the recommended steps relevant to your situation.


  • For people in the Ann Arbor area, contact the Ann Arbor police department
  • If you have any other questions or concerns, students, faculty, and staff can contact

Tax Scams
Tax time brings out new scams to separate you from your tax returns. The IRS has a number of guides which might be useful to help you keep your identity and tax return safe. Taking a few minutes to look over the material may save considerable recovery effort later.

Here is a current list of tax scams.

Report phishing attempts and see tips to help you recognize a phishing attempt.

Here is a taxpayer guide to handling identity theft, should you become a victim.

The State of Michigan also has resources to help in case you are victimized.
If you believe you may be the victim of identity theft see:,4676,7-238-43715-333128--,00.html