Identity Theft

idtheftIdentity theft is the use of your identifying information—name, address, Social Security number, bank account number, credit card numbers, etc—without your knowledge or consent to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can be a stand-alone scam or part of other scams.

Start with the FoolProof article Reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft which shares the basics of what you need to know and provides links to other excellent resources.

These sections of the FTC's Consumer Information site describe ID theft and what you can do to prevent it, recover from it, and protect your personal information.

  • Identity Theft—These articles describes how ID theft occurs, how you can tell if you're a victim, managing your personal information, how to be protective of your social security number, and what to do if your identity's been stolen.
  •—This site provides detailed steps on what to do if you're a victim.
  • How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure—Use these tips to wisely manage your personal information and prevent its misuse.

ID Theft & Social Security Numbers from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse include consumer guides, quick tips, and other articles.

Identity Theft Resource Center has a variety of resources for victims of identity theft and those who are working on prevention. It also includes a section on workplace ID theft.

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