Identity theft happens when your personal information is accessed by someone else without your explicit permission. Identity fraud occurs when criminals take that illegally obtained personal information and misuse it for their financial gain, by making fraudulent purchases or withdrawals, creating false accounts, or attempting to obtain services such as employment or healthcare.
Personally identifying information such as your Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, passwords, telephone calling card number, birth date, name, address and so on can be used by criminals to profit at your expense.
To help sharpen your safety skills, read up on these tips by the Javelin Strategy & Research group:
Tips to Keep You Protected from Fraud
Identity Theft Resources for Cox Employees
Identity theft is a growing concern for many individuals and businesses. Corporate Security has developed the booklet Identity Theft Resources for Cox Employees in the event that your personal information may have been used fraudulently. By completing the worksheet within the book, it will help guide you through the essential steps to stop potential fraudulent use of your identity and update your credit records.
Contact Corporate.Security@coxinc.com if you have questions.