Many people email us and ask us what they should do if they already gave out their sensitive info (i.e. social security #, bank account #'s, etc.) to a scammer. From what we have seen, most of these scammers are just out to try to get your money and typically they do not try to steal your identity as well. But that is not to say they couldn't. As a precaution we always recommend that you contact one of the credit bureaus to place a fraud alert with them. All you have to do is contact one of the 3 bureaus and they will report it to the other bureaus. The alert will last for 90 days (you can renew it longer) and you will be notified if anyone tries to open a new account in your name using your social security #. You can place a fraud alert online at https://www.experian.com/fraud/center.html.