Resolving Identity Theft? How to Help
FTC staff has a proud history of collaborating with legal services and victims’ rights groups, sharing legal resources and information and training hundreds of advocates throughout the country about a number of important consumer protection issues. Along the way, we’ve gotten many questions about how to help people reduce their risk of identity theft — and how to help them recover from the crime.
This new video describes two comprehensive FTC resources for dealing with identity theft:
- Taking Charge has step-by-step instructions that explain what victims should do now, what to do later, and how to track their progress.
- The Guide for Assisting Identity Theft Victims has tools for advocates to help victims of identity theft who need more support — for example, those who are struggling with uncooperative creditors or credit reporting companies, or those who have language or health challenges.
Identity theft can ruin a person’s financial status, credit history, and reputation, and at best, can be a real headache to resolve. Whether you’re an identity theft victim yourself — or advocating for one — these FTC resources can be a big help. Let us know how you’ve used them.