Identity Theft Prevention and Recovery
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information (your name, Social Security or credit card number, or other identifying information) without your permission, usually to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can result in devastating personal and financial consequences; recovering from an incident can take months, even years.
For basic information about identity theft, please see this page. Additional information about identity theft prevention and recovery are available below.
- UC Davis Cyber-Safety Program: Personal Information
- Letter to Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts and Deans (PDF)
- Letter to Campus IT Security Coordinator (PDF)
- Business & Finance Bulletin IS-3 Electronic Information Security (PDF)
Addresses the reduction of risks to electronic information resources through adoption of preventive measures and controls designed to detect any errors or irregularities that occur.
- Notification plan (PDF)
- Addressing Unauthorized Release of Personal Information at UC Davis (PPT)
State and Federal Resources
- Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number
Information to help you keep your Social Security number secure.
- Identity Theft Partnerships in Prevention
Information and resources related to identity theft and fraud prevention.
- The California Office of the Attorney General
Information and links to California laws and resources for victims of identity theft.
If you receive a letter stating that your information may have been stolen or viewed by an unauthorized party:
- Order a copy of your credit report. California residents can order one free copy of their credit report from each of the three credit bureaus annually (Equifax, Experian, Trans Union). You may order all three at once or one at a time over a 12 month period. Visit the California Office of Privacy Protection to find out how.
- Register with the CA Attorney General's Identity Theft Registry.
- Fill out the Federal Trade Commission's ID Theft Affidavit (PDF) to send to creditors when disputing fraudulent charges or accounts.