How to protect your personal information from identity thieves.
Take a these steps to regain control after identity theft.
It's important to act quickly once your identity is stolen.
There are immediate steps you can take to help minimize the damage to your account and credit.
What to do if you are a victim of identity theft. If your identity's been stolen, the FTC is the right place to learn how to set things straight. Here are three steps to take.
First, call one of the nationwide credit reporting companies. Ask them to put a fraud alert on your credit report. This means businesses must confirm that you are you before they extend credit in your name. The alert is a roadblock in the path of an identity thief. And it's just one phone call away.
Second, order free copies of your credit report from each of the nationwide credit reporting companies.
Third, complete the complaint form at ftc.gov/complaint. This creates an identity theft affidavit, which helps you file a police report. Keep records of your calls and copies of your documents. You'll use them later on.
For more tips and tools on dealing with identity theft, visit ftc.gov/idtheft. That's ftc.gov/idtheft.
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