Identity theft is the act of stealing someones
identification and using it without permission. This theft can be both
inconvenient and costly to both consumers, and the businesses
that maintain personal information.
In Oregon, you can protect yourself with a security
freeze. This will block anyone from using your personal information
to get credit or open new accounts.
Under the same law, businesses must safeguard the personal
information they keep, and notify consumers if the information has been
lost or stolen.
Personal information includes a consumers name
in combination with a Social Security number; Oregon drivers license
or identification card; or a credit, debit or other financial account
number along with a security code or password that allows someone to
use that account.