Every year, millions of Americans become victims of identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personally identifiable information and pretends to be you. They can use this information to open bank or credit card accounts, file taxes, or make new purchases in your name. This publication identifies essential steps you can take to protect your Social Security number from theft.
This website 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 website also contains information about federal and state laws against identity theft and how to file a complaint.
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.