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Identity Theft: A Recovery Plan

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Avoid ID Theft (Video)

Each year, millions of Americans have their identity stolen. The Federal Trade Commission wants you to have the information you need to protect yourself against identity theft. This video can help educate viewers to save time and money by minimizing the risk of becoming a victim and reducing the emotional stress that often comes with identity theft.

Defend: Recover From Identity Theft

Take steps to respond to and recover from identity theft as soon as you suspect it.

Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. When a dishonest person has your Social Security number, the thief can use it to get other personal information about you. Most of the time identity thieves use your number and your good credit to apply for more credit in your name. Then, they use the credit cards and do not pay the bills. You do not find out that someone is using your number until you are turned down for credit, or you begin to get calls from unknown creditors demanding payment for items you never bought.

Identity Theft Web Site

This web site explains: (1) how to keep your identity and personal information (such as your name and social security number) from being stolen, and (2) tells you what to do if someone has already stolen your personal information and used it. The web site also contains information about federal and state laws against identity theft and about how to file a complaint.

Self-Help Automated Forms: ID Theft

Identity Theft is the largest consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) annually. If you have been the victim of identity theft, it could mean someone has used your name to make purchases, get credit cards, rent an apartment or obtain utilities without your permission. The Federal Trade Commission has created letters (in this booklet) that consumers can use to notify a debt collector or credit bureau of the theft of your identity.

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