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Identity Theft « Fraud

Official Government Websites:

  • Identity Theft (Federal Trade Commission)
    The FTC's one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.
  • Identity Theft and Identity Fraud (U.S. Department of Justice)
    Answers what this type of is, the most common ways that identity fraud is committed, how you can avoid becoming a victim, and what do to if you are.

Articles & Publications About Identity Theft:

  • Criminal Identity Theft: What to Do if It Happens to You (Privacy Rights Clearinghouse)
    Explains what identity theft is, taking precautions to prevent it, what are first and subsequent steps to take if you are a victim, working with the courts, and agencies that help.
  • FTC Offers Legal Assistance Guide to Help Identity Theft Victims
    The Federal Trade Commission has created a guide to help attorneys and victim advocates provide legal assistance to identity theft victims. Geared toward resolving issues out of court, the Guide for Assisting Identity Theft Victims describes how advocates can intervene with creditors, credit reporting agencies, debt collectors, and others, as well as self-help measures that victims can take.
  • Identity Theft: The Growing Problem of Wrongful Criminal Records (Privacy Rights Clearinghouse)
    A presentation from the National Conference on Privacy, Technology and Criminal Justice Information:  Today I want to talk about another kind of identity theft, what I call the worst-case scenario of identity theft. That is when an imposter commits crimes using the identity of someone else and gives that person a criminal record. For lack of a better term, we're calling this "criminal identity theft."

Organizations & Services About Identity Theft:

  • Defend: Recover From Identity Theft (FTC)
    Take steps to respond to and recover from identity theft as soon as you suspect it.
  • Identity Theft Resource Center
    A nonprofit, nationally respected organization dedicated exclusively to the understanding and prevention of identity theft. The ITRC provides victim and consumer support as well as public education. The ITRC also advises governmental agencies, legislators, law enforcement, and businesses about the evolving and growing problem of identity theft.
    A free public service to determine your risk of identity theft. The concept is an identity score ranging from 1 to 999. The higher your score, the greater your risk.