Identity Theft: What To Do, What To Know

Do you know what to do if your identity is stolen? What steps can you take to protect your identity? Knowing what to do is important because an identity thief can hijack your tax refund, alter your medical records, prevent you from getting credit or a job, and even borrow money in your child's name.

The Federal Trade Commission has created a new suite of materials that explains what you can do to protect your identity and how to act fast to limit the damage identity theft can cause:

 Taking Charge Guide

a guide with sample letters, forms, and essential contact information

 Identity Theft Trifolda short brochure with key tips
 

 

a booklet for parents on how to recognize child identity theft — a new twist on this crime

 

three short videos

 

Go to the FTC's Identity Theft Website to read, download, share, print and order the new resources in bulk.

Comments

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Thank you. The audio and print data is very helpful. I am aware of identity theft and do screen bank statements as well as credit card statements. It is unfortunate that HIPAA privacy can become public information. I have a physician who is also a computer engineer and safeguards his practice. I also have a pharmacy that meets and/or extends their customer privacy. I always heed your advice. Again, thank you.

I have a stolen identity and identity theft.What to do then?

Hi, Cara,

Please read our article, Identity Theft, which covers the basic steps you need to take right away if your identity has been misused. We also have a step-by-step guide that covers the many different aspects of repairing idenitity theft. For videos, and other resources, please visit the FTC's Identity Theft Website.

I am refugee in Sweden and I havent nothing to my Identity ..What can I do?

Please send me any pertinent information. As this matter is of the greatest importance. Thank you.

Barry Jacobs

Hi, Barry, all of our identity theft resources are online. Visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft2012. If you need copies to hand out at an event, you can order them at ftc.gov/bulkorder.

Thank you for your advice. It is refreshing to know that people still care for victim of ID theft. This is an experience I will not wish for my worst enemy. It is stressful and degrading.

Last week I presented to a business group how to avoid and defend Identity theft, I only had 15 Min: The business leaders present was Attorneys,Bankers,Insurance agents and many others they had so many questions I ran out of time they want me to set up more meetings and they will let there customers know the next date. I directed them to the website and hand out DETER-Detect-Defend Avoid Identity theft
I want to thank FTC for the material and the video I will continue to be a spokes person and hope to reach San Diego County
ELias DeHerrera (San Diego CA

Am i the only one in the whole world who is totally sick to DEATH at the twenty million wonderous and so greatly helpful websites and links of where to go and what to do in case of identity theft and another twenty million of them explaining so carefully that its all bunk, how to "avoid" identity theft and fraud and the nineteen thousand links of who to get ahold of to fix it all....all by yourself and absolutely zero of these same website tell you A PERSON... A REAL LIVE BREATHING INDIVIDUAL outside of the attorney that you hire and pay for, of course, WHO IS THE ONE READY AND WILLING TO DO IT, OR AT LEAST MOST OF IT,, FOR YOU...PROTECT YOU, HELP YOU. GET IT DONE... NOT EVEN ONE.... ZERO OF THEM.....

My daughter is almost 6 years old, and I have contacted SS over 4 times (since only limited number of cards are issued it restricts me). I have not once received her SS card even after verifying they have the correct address. Recently I started receiving strange phone calls and that's when I felt the worst. My child was a victim of ID theft. I wanted to write this to make aware that ANY age is acceptable to ID theft...

Hello FTC
On April 6th 2014 I rented a booth at the San Marcos Spring Fest in San Marcos CA one block from my office, it is safe to say there were over 10,000 showed up for the event. I handed out about 250 books Taking Charge what to do if your Identity is stolen, there was so many questions and interest I plan to display this information at another event on April 16,2014 in Oceanside CA business Event I will keep you posted.

Thank you! It's great to hear that you are using and sharing our identity theft materials. You can always order our free materials www.ftc.gov/bulkorder. Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

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