Identity Theft

Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States, impacting one of every 23 persons annually. It can occur without your knowledge and usually goes undetected for months. Recovering your identity takes a significant investment in time and money to resolve.

You CAN Fight Identity Theft

Here's How:

  • Never provide personal information, including your Social Security number, account numbers or passwords, over the phone or the internet if you did not initiate the contact.
  • Never click on the link provided in an email you believe is fraudulent. It may contain a virus that can contaminate your computer.
  • Do not be intimidated by an email or caller who suggests dire consequences if you do not immediately provide or verify financial information.
  • If you believe the contact is legitimate, go to the company's website by typing in the site address directly or using a page you have previously book marked, instead of a link provided in the email.
  • If you fall victim to an attack, act immediately to protect yourself. Alert your financial institution. Place fraud alerts on your credit files. Monitor your credit files and account statements closely.
  • Report suspicious emails or calls to the Federal Trade Commission through the internet at, or by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT.

Useful Resources:

If suspicious, place a fraud alert on your credit report with all three credit bureaus:

  • Experian, 888-397-3742
  • Equifax, 800-525-6285
  • TransUnion, 800-680-7289

IDSafeChoice Recovery Group

Congratulations! As a Checking Account holder at Central Willamette, you are eligible to participate in our IDSafeChoice Recovery Group.  You and your entire family will receive fully-managed identity recovery services if any of you become a victim of identity theft.