There is something truly terrifying about the thought of losing your passport. It brings to mind being mugged in a third world country and unable to get home. More often, the situation is nothing as exotic, but it can be very stressful nonetheless. A lost or stolen passport is a very serious situation, even when you don’t need it to re-enter the United States. The reality is that a lost or stolen passport, or the loss of your passport number through a data breach, can mean more than the pain and expense of getting a new document. It can also lead to serious cases of identity theft. So if you find yourself with a lost or stolen passport document, or stolen passport number, you want to be sure that you handle the situation appropriately and quickly.

Here are the steps you want to take if your passport document is lost or your passport document or number is stolen:

1.Call the State Department’s office with any questions at 1-877-487-2778 (TTY 1-888-874-7793).  They have representatives that can help you fro

m 8 am to 10 pm Eastern Time, Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturdays.

2. You can report a lost or stolen passport via mail, phone, or online. In all instances, you will need to fill out Form DS-64: Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport.  This is incredibly important to do as soon as possible after the discovery of theft or loss in order to avoid the use of your passport for illegal activities including, but not limited to, criminal identity theft.

3. Once your passport has been reported lost or stolen it is invalid and cannot be used again. You will need to apply for a new passport in person by filling out Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport. A specialist will take a report over the phone and your passport will immediately be deactivated.

4. If your passport was stolen, file a police report. A crime has taken place and should be reported to the police. Also, you never know when you may need proof that the document was stolen. In most places, you can file a police report for a non-emergency online. If the passport went missing from a home burglary or a stolen purse, make sure to specify that the passport is among the things missing.

5. If your passport number was stolen in a data breach, but you still have your passport in your possession, there is no way to flag your passport to alert authorities.  Passports numbers can be used in conjunction with other pieces of personally identifiable information (PII) to commit criminal identity theft.  Contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or for more information about the steps that can be taken if you are concerned your passport number may be used by someone other than you.

Losing a passport or having one stolen can be scary. However, if you follow the above steps you will be back to your jet-setting ways in no time… or 2-4 weeks. More importantly, you have taken steps to protect yourself against the chance of identity theft.

Anyone who believes their identity has been stolen or their personal data has been compromised is invited to connect with the ITRC through our toll-free call center at (888) 400-5530 or on-the-go with the new IDTheftHelp app for iOS and Android.


ITRC Announces Eva Casey Velasquez as new President/CEO

The Identity Theft Resource Center has just announced the appointment of Eva Casey Velasquez as its new President/CEO. Velasquez most recently served as the Vice President of Operations for the San Diego Better Business Bureau, where she managed the Bureau’s the Bureau’s operations department that supplies the core services of dispute resolution, arbitration, and pre-purchase information to the public.

Prior to that appointment, she spent 21 years at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, with the last 11 of those years spent investigating and assisting in the prosecution of economic/financial crimes, with a focus on consumer protection issues.

Eva VelasquezVelasquez has more than 500 hours of specialized training in the investigation of economic crimes and has been a presenter at numerous conferences across the state, including the PACT (Professionals Achieving Consumer Trust) Summit, the California District Attorney’s Association Consumer Protection Conference and the California Consumer Affairs Association annual conference.operations department that supplies the core services of dispute resolution, arbitration, and pre-purchase information to the public. Prior to that appointment, she spent 21 years at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, with the last 11 of those years spent investigating and assisting in the prosecution of economic/financial crimes, with a focus on consumer protection issues.

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with an organization that has been a part of the San Diego consumer protection landscape since 1999. I have always been impressed with the advocacy and pioneering work that the ITRC has accomplished on behalf of the victims of identity theft. I look forward to furthering this established mission and ensuring that there are NO victims of identity theft that are left to fend for themselves or are unaware of our resources.”

In addition, she served as the chairman of the Consumer Fraud Task Force for 13 years, was a past Vice President of the California Consumer Affairs Association, and most recently was a finalist in the 2012 San Diego Business Journal‘s Women Who Mean Business Awards.

“Eva’s leadership experience for the past five years at the Better Business Bureau combined with her strong passion for protecting consumers is a perfect fit for our next CEO/Executive Director at the Identity Theft Resource Center,” said Julie Fergerson, Vice President of Emerging Technology, Ethoca, and Co-founder of the Merchant Risk Council. “I am personally very excited for our organization. Through Eva’s leadership, the ITRC will be able to expand its national reach in helping consumers recover from identity theft as well as provide educational programs to help consumers minimize their risk of identity theft,” continued Fergerson.

About the ITRC

The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft. It is the on-going mission of the ITRC to assist victims, educate consumers, research identity theft and increase public and corporate awareness about this problem. Victims may contact the ITRC toll-free at 888-400-5530 or visit us online at

A report published by identity intelligence research organisation ID Analytics last month indicates that there are approximately ten thousand different identity theft rings operating in the US. The organisation examined over a billion credit card, store card and wireless service applications over a four-year period in order to arrive at this figure. Its algorithm picked up on the presence of identity thieves by searching for constantly changing addresses or discrepancies in personal information, which are red flags indicating fraud.

ID Analytics concluded that certain areas of the country have far higher concentrations of identity thieves than others. The most popular states for these crooks are thought to be North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Georgia and Delaware. The report states that there seems to be a ‘belt of fraud’ running through the rural Southeast.

Who Are These Fraudsters?

ID Analytics stated that whilst some fraud rings consist of just a few people, others are significantly larger. The research uncovered a surprising number of rings that consist of families working together, some of them even using each other’s dates of birth and social security numbers. A family of five in Florida were thought to have filed at least one hundred and thirty fraudulent applications over a two-week period.

They were believed to have been committing frauds for at least three years using more than eleven dates of birth and eight social security numbers. This family all lived together and co-ordinated their activities so that one of them would operate for a couple of days and then stop for a few days whilst the next person operated.

However, rings made up of friends were found to be more common, as the majority of fraud ring members had different last names to one another. The three-digit ZIP codes with the highest numbers of fraud rings were observed to be areas around Tampa in Florida, Washington DC, Greenville in Mississippi, Macon in Georgia, Montgomery in Alabama and Detroit.

Impersonating both the Dead and the Living

The study highlighted a trend towards stealing dead people’s identities. ID Analytics stated that identity fraudsters gather together personal information associated with individuals that they know have passed away and use the information to open credit card accounts and purchase goods. When the bill arrives, there is no responsible party. Two and a half million dead people are thought to have their identities stolen each year.

Straightforward identity theft was also identified as one of the main forms of ID fraud. Crooks are still fond of using the traditional method of obtaining victims’ dates of birth, social security numbers, names, etc. This can enable them to get a whole host of other information and can be incredibly costly. For instance, if they are able to get hold of a credit card in somebody else’s name then they can get a credit card cash advance. One of the risks associated with getting cash advances on credit cards is that if it is done by a fraudster, it is possible to steal more money than the card owner actually possesses, making this a particularly attractive prospect for ID thieves.


Chief technology officer of ID Analytics Stephen Coggleshall claims that by taking a broad approach to ID theft and examining the way in which ‘bad people’ are connected to one another as opposed to the activities of individuals, the company has uncovered information that can improve customer protection. The research conducted by the organisation challenges the commonly held perception that identity fraudsters are ‘tech geeks’ pounding away on keyboards.

They are often simply persistent criminals who will stop at nothing to deprive people of their money. It also highlights the amount of homegrown ID fraudsters. Identity thieves are often stereotyped as being Eastern European but the research shows that large numbers of them are American, many of them living in rural communities.

This emphasizes the fact that people need to be extra careful with their personal information, as these thieves could be living next door. It highlights the scale of the threat that identity fraud poses to the country’s wallets and also indicates that significant numbers of individuals line their pockets by carrying out this type of crime.

“Ten Thousand Identity Theft Rings Operating in the United States” was written by Melissa Hathaway.  Melissa is a personal finance writer and former bank teller turned personal finance writer, offering advice and tips to publications on both sides of the pond. Source:

The problem of identity theft is slowly making progress in the sphere of awareness for the general public, but business identity theft is a less known and understood crime. Business identity theft is a crime where an identity thief will use a business’ identity to empty corporate bank accounts, take out new lines of credit, make fraudulent purchases, or even apply for tax credits or refunds.

Business identity theft, also known as corporate identity theft, will typically involve a criminal fraudulently modifying a business’ records that are filed with a Business ID Theftstate’s government organization responsible for maintaining business records, often the state’s Secretary of State. The majority of states do not have any authentication procedures requiring anyone sending in documents on behalf of a business to prove that they are the owners of the business. thief will use a business’ identity to empty corporate bank accounts, take out new lines of credit, make fraudulent purchases, or even apply for tax credits or refunds.

Criminals will use this lax business records system to change the business’ address, the business’ registered agent, and its corporate officers. Dormant businesses are particularly vulnerable to identity theft as they are still valid business organizations, but the owners have stopped operating the business and assume that it will stay inactive.

This allows the identity thieves to fraudulently use the business’ identity for a longer period of time before anyone becomes aware of the crime. Criminals will target these dormant businesses and effectively bring them back to life by filing the appropriate documents with the state, then use the business’ identity to pile up debt and steal as much money as possible before packing up and moving on to the next unsuspecting business.

While there is no surefire way to prevent corporate identity theft, following the recommendations listed below provided by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) will help minimize the risk of your business’ identity being stolen:

  1. File all business reports and renewals with your state filing offices on time and be aware of who has access to this information within your company
  2. Sign up for email notification of any business record changes if available in your state
  3. Periodically check your business records, even if your business is dissolved or inactive
  4. Sign up for email notifications from banks and other creditors, if available
  5. Monitor business accounts, bills, credit card statements, etcetera, and reconcile your statements on a regular basis
  6. Monitor credit reports and sign up for a credit monitoring service
  7. Safeguard your company’s sensitive information, including account numbers and passwords, being sure to shred any trash that contains this information
  8. Ensure that your computers are secure, and train employees to avoid phishing scams and emails that may contain malicious viruses

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Medical identity theft occurs when somebody uses your information to obtain medical treatment without your knowledge or consent. Unlike traditional identity theft that requires a social security number, this can be  as simple as using your name, date of birth, and address. The dangerous thing about medical identity theft is that a hospital has to take in any emergency patients and often little attention is paid to whether the information they receive about that patient is accurate when it goes to the billing department.

Medical identity theft comes in two stages. The first is the billing stage. The billing department for any hospital, doctors office, pharmacy, or emergency room will use the information they have on the patient to try to bill them or their insurance provider. Once a victim is notified that their information has been used for medical treatment, they must work with the billing department of the hospital as well as any other groups such as Medicare or their insurance provider to prove that they were not the ones who received treatment. This is made easy by sending a copy of a driver’s license for photo comparison to the patient. The one thing about this process is that it can take many months for the different departments and companies to recognize that identity theft has occurred.

The second stage is the medical history stage. Whatever treatment the identity thief acquired under the victim’s information will now be placed on the victim’s medical record. Most hospitals are now electronically networked and a patient’s information can be accessed and updated from any part of the country. A thief can get prescription drugs, treatment for diseases, surgeries, etc. and it would all show up on the victim’s medical record. This can make it hard for a victim to get the prescription drugs they needs, proper diagnosis of illness, or proper treatment in an emergency situation.

If you discover that you may be the victim of medical identity theft, file a police report with your local police department using the information you have gathered on the fraud. Talk to the billing department of the medical facility as well as any insurance or government agencies that may be involved. Write to the hospital/doctor about viewing your medical history using the form LF 130A. And ask any physicians involved to amend your medical records to reflect that you were not the one who was treated.

For more information please see our Fact Sheet FS 130 on Medical Identity Theft.

“Medical Identity Theft: The Basics” was written by Kat Rocha. Kat is a Victim Advisor at the ITRC. We welcome you to post/reprint the above article, as written, giving credit to and linking back to the original post.

Violence at the hands of a domestic partner is often rooted in that partner’s desire to control. This need to control another human being can take the form of physical violence, verbal abuse and in many situations financial control. This is when identity theft comes into the picture in domestic situations.

Often times at the ITRC, we will get phone calls from an individual who has finally made that amazingly brave first step of trying to remove themselves from the situation. Whether they have physically left the shared domicile or are planning their escape, they realize they will need separate financial resources. It is at this time that they realize they have been a victim of identity theft at the hands of the person they once thought loved them.

If you, or someone you know, is in an abusive situation and believes they may also be victim of identity theft we recommend the following steps:

  • Check your (and your children’s) credit reports: You can do this for free online at Look for accounts or inquiries that you did not make. It may be a credit card or something as large as a mortgage or a vehicle. Once you check the report you will know if you are a victim or not and can take action accordingly. You will also want to check your children’s credit reports if you have children. You can easily check your child’s credit report for free at
  • Place a 90 day fraud alert: You can place a 90 day fraud alert by phone. Even if an abuser has not used identity theft as a tactic in the past, they may use it as a retaliatory effort once the victim begins the process of separating from the abuser. A 90 day fraud alert will keep them from opening any new accounts.
  • File for separation: When an individual is married, the law looks at the two married people as a single legal entity. If you have not filed for separation, the police will look at the situation as a domestic dispute rather than identity theft. In most states you can file for separation on your own.
  • Obtain a restraining order: While we understand this is a terrifying step, for many victims of domestic violence it is necessary. The first step is to obtain a temporary restraining order, or TRO, which you can do yourself at your local courthouse. It is free to do this in California, but you may want to check with your state to see whether there is a filing fee or not. Though the restraining order is just a piece of paper, if your abuser violates the order and tries to contact you, they will be at risk of going to jail. This is often a satisfactory deterrent to an abuser.
  • Call your bank and creditors: Inform these companies that you are in the process of separation. Place a verbal password that your abuser would not know or be able to guess. Request that no changes be made to your accounts without the verbal password. Also request that no information about the account or the account holder be released.

We know that this is an incredibly difficult situation entangled with emotions and fear. If you have any questions or need further guidance, please call the Identity Theft Resource Center at 888.444.5530 and one of our Victim Advisors will be there to help.

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Like millions of other people, I got my first smartphone for work, not personal use. And, just like most other digital device users, my personal life soon became a part of whatever smart phone I was using, and the tasks I expect it to do have broadened greatly since the days of my Kyocera 6035. Without even taking into account iPads, Kindles, and other larger platforms, the activities we now accomplish on a typical smartphone platform are pretty amazing.

wipe or notOf course, many still have corporate email on the device, but almost everyone will also have a couple of personal email accounts that are also installed on the phone, along with Facebook, LinkedIn, GPS navigation information, a raft of pictures and movies that have been taken with the device, probably some downloaded Internet movies, and so on. And, just like the car you have driven the past few years, quite a bit of this stuff will find its way under the seats, into the side pockets, and in the glove box (who the heck ever used a glove box for gloves?). In other words, there may be quite a bit of information stored in places you don’t normally look (until it’s gone). We also tend to make online transactions, including purchases, banking, and other secure sites, which probably stores some fairly important credentials and other information on our smartphones.

I remember the adrenaline rush of getting up one morning and finding that my Blackberry of the moment had just died… All the email, account info, etc. was gone, except for some stuff that was stored on the removable memory card. A similar situation, even worse, is when someone realizes that their phone has been stolen or lost. It is worse, because now any information on the phone, including email, account info, pictures, etc. may be in the hands of someone who has a penchant for taking your money, rather than a job. Two of my family members have managed to “Drown a Droid” in the past couple months. Sooner or later, these events will happen to you.

When loss of a smartphone or the data on it occurs, there are several key concerns:

  • Was the device protected by a PIN, password, or other method to prevent unauthorized access? While not perfect, having a phone protected does a lot to slow down access to your information. You just won’t believe how much information is typically available in a couple years of email!
  • Do I have a method to remotely erase all the information on the device, to prevent its use for identity theft and fraud? Is there a way to track/find the missing phone?
  • How can I recover the majority of the information, contacts, pictures, movies, emails, etcetera?

First, have your phone protected by at least a simple PIN or swipe pattern. Just DO IT. You don’t want the guy who lifted your phone at a party to be able to instantly start sending email and posting on your phone. If you happen to lose the phone, the same situation applies. Some phones have facial recognition now, which is pretty convenient, and reasonably secure. Whatever security method you choose, make sure your phone is locked within a minute or so of when you set it down.

Second, you may want to use one of the available programs that will allow you to remotely wipe all the personal information from the smartphone in the event of a lost or stolen device. Depending upon the type of phone, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc., there are different methods to remotely wipe the phone, and possibly detect its location. For Android phones, Android Lost has been recommended as an app that will allow remotely finding and wiping an Android phone. Microsoft Windows phones can be located and remotely wiped from your user account on a website, Blackberry has always had the remote wipe capability in their administrative software, but it is managed by the system administrator. Apple has a service to find your phone, and remotely lock the phone by using a web based service. Regardless of the type of device you use, you should activate one of the methods before you lose the phone.

Third, recovery of all the data that you have on the phone will also depend upon what steps you have made while you have possession of the phone. You should note that if your main email is provided by a corporate account (Exchange Server), that email can be recreated on a new phone without anything more than setting up your email account on the new device. However, many other types of email, and documents, pictures, videos, etc. will probably require that you set up or activate a backup system for your mobile device. There are many backup systems available for each type of smartphone, and you will have to compare features to choose the one that is best for your protection. Carriers like Verizon offer backup utilities as a part of their service, and Apple offers iCloud Storage.

Mobile device backup has become a growing market, and you will need to choose the system that meets your personal needs. A good place to start is to think “If my phone was ripped out of my hand right now, and would never reappear, what would I need to have on a new phone to be ok?” A second vital question is “What’s on my current phone that could put me at risk if the phone is stolen?” These are questions best answered before your data goes missing.

Now, back to Sudoku. You know, I’d hate to lose my year-long aggregate score….

“Wiped Out? Or Not?” was written by Rex Davis. Rex is the Director of Operations at the Identity Theft Resource Center. We welcome you to post/reprint the above article, as written, giving credit to and linking back to the original post.

We are very excited to begin yet another venture in our mission to reach consumers and educate them about identity theft. This Thursday, December 6th ITRC will be hosting our first ever identity theft Twitter chat. It is our hope that this will help people who are concerned about and interested in identity theft connect with one another. Be it an organization working on identity theft issues, victims of the crime, or service providers these conversations have proven to produce wonderful ideas in the past. The ITRC is optimistic the weekly identity theft chat will do just that.

The first identity theft twitter chat will take place on Thursday, December 6th 2012. Those who would like to participate can RSVP via online invitation. The ITRC will be hosting the identity theft twitter chat every week on Thursday at 11:00 am PST.


Questions will change every week and December 6th 2012 questions are as follows:

Q1: What do you think is the best way to protect against ID Theft?
Q2: Who do you think is the most vulnerable to ID Theft right now?
Q3: Have you ever been a victim of ID Theft? What happened?
Q4: Would you know what to do if you become a victim of ID Theft?

Following each weekly identity theft twitter chat, users will be able to suggest questions for the next week’s event. In order to participate, users should follow the hashtag #IDTheftChat and include it in all of their responses.

The ITRC hopes that everyone with interest in the issue of identity theft is as excited as we are and that this weekly event will help centralize twitter talk regarding identity theft. This weekly event should also help produce great collaborative thought and perhaps even some unique and novel solutions. Other entities which are interested in becoming a guest host for a weekly chat can contact ITRC’s Social Media Manager at We hope you will join the conversation and bring your friends!

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The Identity Theft Resource Center has been receiving hundreds of calls regarding a specific data breach notification letter from a debt collection law firm in the state of Florida. The letter was sent to people who may have had their personally identifiable information (PII) exposed, detailing the cause of the exposure, the firm’s response, and some tips for people to protect themselves.

The letter explains that a former employee may have possibly viewed people’s names, addresses, date of birth, driver’s license number, and/or Social Security number. The letter stresses that the firm does not believe that people’s personally identifiable information was used to inappropriately obtain or use their credit, but “out of an abundance of caution” wanted to inform people of the possible exposure of their data so they could take proactive measures to minimize their risk of identity theft or fraud.

The firm’s letter recommended some actions for recipients to take including continuously obtaining credit reports from the three major credit reporting agencies, reporting any inaccuracies to creditors and the credit reporting agencies, and placing security alerts on credit reports. Lastly, the firm recommended that recipients of the letter call the ITRC for additional information and support services.

The ITRC is not in any way affiliated with said firm, but is always available to help victims and potential victims of identity theft and related fraud. The steps outlined for people to protect themselves in the letter are great first steps, but we at the ITRC would like to provide some additional steps people can take to dramatically minimize their risk of identity theft and fraud.

If you are a recipient of this data breach notification letter:

  1. Call the three credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and Transunion) and request a 90 day alert be placed on your credit.
  2. Request your annual free credit report from each of the aforementioned credit bureaus and review them for any inaccuracies. Should you find any inaccuracies please call the Identity Theft Resource Center at our toll-free number, (888) 400-5530, so one of our experienced Identity Theft Victim Advisors can personally assist you in resolving them.
  3. If you do find any inaccuracies, call the three credit bureaus and request a security freeze be placed on your credit. This may cost a nominal fee depending on the state that you are in and does not allow new credit lines to be processed until you personally unfreeze your credit. Even if you do not find any inaccuracies, you may want to consider putting a security freeze on your credit as a precautionary measure.
  4. File your tax returns as early as possible to avoid an identity thief filing a tax return under your name in order to receive fraudulent tax refunds.
  5. Contact the Social Security Administration and request your wage report to ensure that an identity thief has not reported fraudulent wages which you may have to pay taxes on if not resolved.
  6. For more details on what to do if you have received a data breach notification letter, please read our ITRC Fact Sheet FS 129.

Regardless of whether you have reason to believe your personally identifiable information has been exposed or not, it is always a good idea to be proactive about protecting your identity. Monitor your credit reports and properly dispose of or protect your personal information. Visit us at for more information about identity theft, fraud and what you can do to protect yourself.

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One of the first steps a victim or likely victim of identity theft should look to complete in order to protect their financial well-being is issue either a fraud alert or initiate a credit freeze. At the ITRC call center our advisers regularly receive calls from consumers confused as to what exactly each of these protections do and how they work. In an effort to reduce confusion, what follows is an explanation of what each protection does and doesn’t do, and which one will best fit what type of consumer or victim. For more detailed information, review fact sheet 100 in the document catalogue of the ITRC website at

Fraud Alert – A fraud alert heightens credit issuer’s awareness that they need to authenticate and verify the applicant before issuing credit. Most security conscious banking and financial institutions as well as major credit issuers will take notice of a fraud alert. However, it is not 100% reliable and not always heeded. They don’t affect your credit score but may slightly slow down the application process. When you initially place a fraud alert as a potential victim of identity theft, you will be offered a free credit report as part of your federal rights. This is not the same as the free federal

Security or Credit Freeze – With a freeze; a company may not look at your credit report for the purposes of establishing new lines of credit. Companies you already have an existing relationship with (example: a credit card, loan or utility service) may view your reports but only to review your credit-worthiness. Placing a freeze is a strong step to take and will affect your ability to get instant credit since it can take up to 3 days to thaw a report. However, it also locks out thieves. In those states with freeze laws, most state that victims with a police report get this service for free. Most states also allow the consumer to buy a freeze. You may thaw your freeze anytime you wish to apply for credit but you will need to plan ahead. At the time a freeze is established, the victim or consumer is given a pin number as a way of confirming their identity. Anyone considering a security freeze needs to be very careful not to lose this pin number as it can be extremely difficult to thaw (unfreeze) your credit report without the issued pin number.

The difference between these two options is the level of security. A freeze will place a higher degree of assurance to a victim that new accounts will not be opened, but leaves much less flexibility than a fraud alert. Whichever tool a victim of identity theft chooses, they should continue to be conscientious of what is going on with their credit file and know that the Identity Theft Resource Center is always here to answer questions and assist victims.

If you found this information helpful, you may want to consider taking part in the Identity Theft Resource Center’s Anyone3 fundraising campaign.  For more information or to donate please visit