Zappos Customer? Take These Steps to Reduce the Risk of Identity Theft.

In light of Zappo’s recent announcement that its database was hacked, OnGuardOnline.gov offers the following tips to help you reduce your risk of identity theft:

If you used your Zappos login ID or password for other accounts, change them. Identity thieves have been known to try IDs and passwords on many different websites to gain control of other accounts. When creating your new password, keep these tips in mind.

When you read your email, consider whether any of the messages could be a phishing scam. Having your stolen information could make it easier for crooks to send emails that appear to be from Zappos or another shopping site. If you get an email asking you to provide your credit card number or Social Security number – don’t.

Monitor your financial accounts and billing statements often. If you see charges you don’t recognize, get in touch with the fraud department of your bank or credit card company right away.

Be sure the information on your credit report is accurate. The law requires the three nationwide consumer reporting companies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – to give you a free copy of your credit report every 12 months if you ask for it. Visit AnnualCreditReport.com or call 1-877-322-8228 to order your free copies. To find out how to correct errors, visit ftc.gov/freereports.

Leave a Comment

Comment Policy

Read Our Privacy Act Statement

It is your choice whether to submit a comment. If you do, you must create a user name, or we will not post your comment. The Federal Trade Commission Act authorizes this information collection for purposes of managing online comments. Comments and user names are part of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) public records system, and user names also are part of the FTC’s computer user records system. We may routinely use these records as described in the FTC’s Privacy Act system notices. For more information on how the FTC handles information that we collect, please read our privacy policy.