WASHINGTON - Washington ranks number seven in the nation for identity theft crimes.
Police and federal authorities are warning people to watch their credit history.
The Attorney General Rob McKenna said federal authorities are going to get tougher on people accused of identity theft.
Police report that the problem that dramatically gotten worse in the last few years.
Police said it is difficult to track these types of thieves and said people have to monitor their personal finances to catch any criminal activity.
Pasco Police Officer Tom Ninemire said the "best way to protect yourself is don't give out your social security number. Don't carry it in your wallet or purse, remember it and keep your social security card in a safe place at your house."
Police report that it is a growing problem and said the three major pieces of information that criminals are looking for are your birth date, social security number and full name.