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VRS and ICMA-RC are committed to protecting the security and privacy of your information. No one but you has access to your myVRS account or your defined contribution account; never give anyone your usernames and passwords.
VRS and ICMA-RC do not sell your information to anyone. VRS only shares information with third-party administrators authorized to help coordinate benefits and services for VRS members, retirees and beneficiaries.
VRS and ICMA-RC, the record keeper for VRS defined contribution plans, take many measures every day to keep your information secure. You can help by registering for your myVRS account and your defined contribution account, if applicable, through Account Access, completing the identity-verification steps and then establishing a password-protected account.
Verifying your online accounts helps prevent someone else from attempting to lay claim to the accounts fraudulently.
Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can quickly drain financial accounts, make unauthorized credit card purchases, open new accounts and initiate other transactions in your name. It's important to recognize some key warning signs of the potential for identity theft and other online fraud:
As always, be aware of the security risks of using public computers and public Wi-Fi to log into password-protected accounts.
IdentityTheft.gov features an online tool that helps victims report and recover from identity theft. Designed as a one-stop resource, the site provides checklists and sample letters to guide victims through the recovery process.
Here are three important steps you can take to better secure your VRS accounts and personal information: