Additional ID Theft Links
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC is the national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you protect yourself from identity theft, and the steps to take if it occurs.
The FTC website is:
Federal Trade Commission National Resource Against Identity Theft
The FTC address is
Fetrade 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, H-130 Washington, D.C. 20580
The FTC Toll Free Number for Victims:
1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877- 438 - 4338)
If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, you may use the form below to send a complaint to the FTC.
FTC Complaint Input Form
The information you provide is up to you. The FTC serves as the federal clearinghouse for complaints by victims of identity theft. The FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems; however, by completing the Complaint Input Form, it helps the FTC to investigate fraud and lead law enforcement action.
The FTC also provides victims of identity theft with educational information on the immediate steps that victims should take when they believe that they are the subjects of identity theft.
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FTC: Facts for Consumers
FTC: Identity Theft, What's It All About
FTC: Identity theft Reference Desk
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IFCC)
The IC3 allows consumers nationwide to report Internet fraud. The partnership with the National White Collar Crime Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) offers a national strategy to address fraud over the Internet by collecting, managing, and disseminating fraud complaint information to aid preventive and investigative efforts by ensuring that fraud complaints are directed to the appropriate law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on goard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
The OVC provides an overview of identity theft and links to government resources, national organizations and credit monitoring organizations.
Website: U.S. DOJ OVC
U.S. Social Security Administration
The SSA provides basic information on what to do if you think someone is using your social security number as well as the procedure for reporting a lost/stolen social security card.
Website: SSA/OIG Reporting Social Security Fraud
U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Division
The Secret Service Financial Crimes Division investigates crimes associated with financial institutions. Their authority includes bank fraud, access device fraud involving credit and debit cards, telecommunications and computer crimes, fraudulent identification, fraudulent government and commercial securities, and electronic funds transfer fraud.
Website: U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Division
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
The Postal Inspection Service provides information on how to attempt to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, what to do if you become a victim and provides an online complaint form.
Website: U.S. Postal Inspection Service Mail Fraud
US Postal Hold Mail Service
The Postal Service will hold your mail if you plan on being away from your residence for an extended period of time.
Website: U.S. Postal Service Hold Mail
U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG)
The U.S. PIRG is a consumer protection group for the public interest with offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Washington, D. C. The site contains consumer identity theft tips.
Website: U.S. PIRG
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education addresses student’s vulnerability to identity theft by providing information for students and schools about how to prevent identity theft and how to report the crime.
Website: U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of State
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Contact the U.S. Department of State to become an informed traveler by reviewing their tips for traveling abroad.
Website: U.S. Department of State
International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.
The International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators provides information on how to protect you from identity theft.
National Passport Information Center
The National Passport Information Center provides information on how to protect yourself from identity fraud when your passport is lost or stolen.
Website: National Passport Information Center
National Fraud Information Center
The National Fraud Information Center provides consumers with the information that they need to avoid becoming victims of telemarketing and Internet fraud.
Website: National Fraud Information Center
Privacy Rights Clearing House
The Privacy Rights Clearing House provides information on identity theft and offers direct assistance to victims. Website: Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Identity Theft Resource Center
The Identity Theft Resource Center provides information on identity theft and offers direct assistance to victims.
Website: Identity Theft Resource Center
Additional Resource Regaridng Children and Identity Theft (also from Identity Theft Resource Center Web site)
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Check Reporting Agencies
When an identity thief obtains a checking account in the identity of the victim, hundreds of checks can be issued by the thief, which could ultimately involve many collection agencies. The major check verification companies listed below will, at your request, notify the retailers and inform them not to accept the fraudulent checks, or your can ask your bank to notify the check verification service with which it does business.
CrossCheck: (800) 552-1900
Certigy: (800) 437-5120
SCAN: (800) 262-7771 or 1-877-382-7226
TeleCheck: (800) 366-2425
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