The Coun­ty is com­mit­ted to com­ply with the Fed­er­al Fair and Accu­rate Cred­it Trans­ac­tions Act of 2003, as well as pro­vide cus­tomers, par­tic­u­lar­ly cus­tomers with util­i­ty accounts, the max­i­mum iden­ti­ty theft pro­tec­tion pos­si­ble.  Sit­u­a­tions that lead to iden­ti­ty theft would hurt and incon­ve­nience the County’s cus­tomers, while at the same time dam­age the County’s rep­u­ta­tion and place the Coun­ty at risk for loss­es.  The Coun­ty devel­oped this Iden­ti­ty Theft Pre­ven­tion Pol­i­cy with the over­sight and approval of the Coun­ty Com­mis­sion­ers after con­sid­er­ing the size and com­plex­i­ty of the County’s oper­a­tions and account sys­tems and the nature and scope of the County’s activities.

(A) Exam­ples of Iden­ti­ty Theft.

  1. An iden­ti­ty thief uses anoth­er person’s social secu­ri­ty num­ber to open a util­i­ty account.
  2. An iden­ti­ty thief uses a victim’s infor­ma­tion to obtain unau­tho­rized ser­vices from the County.
  3. An iden­ti­ty thief opens a util­i­ty account using a victim’s name and good credit.
  4. An iden­ti­ty thief files for bank­rupt­cy using a victim’s name.
  5. An iden­ti­ty thief gives a victim’s name as his/her own when arrest­ed by police.