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How can I avoid, detect, or handle identity theft?

Monday, May 2, 2016

University IT’s Information Security Office provides specific guidance to the Stanford community on how to avoid, detect, and handle identity theft at

Keeping your identity information protected is important, especially in light of recently reported incidents of tax returns fraudulently filed in the names of Stanford community members.

Review these tips and a dozen more on the University IT Information Security website:

  • Avoid: Proactively freeze your credit to block credit inquires by contacting each of the three major credit bureaus.
  • Detect: Review your credit report annually, and request a free credit report each year.
  • Handle: Call each of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit records, and report it to the Stanford Department of Public Safety.


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