Tag: identity theft

Identity protection means treating your personal information like cash or a valuable commodity — being careful not to leave it around, and being thoughtful about who is asking for it, why they need it, and how they’re going to safeguard it for...

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It’s a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation — and can take time, money, and patience to...

You can spread the word about identity protection in your community.  Whether you’re chatting with friends and family, or reaching out to social networking sites, you can help people learn how to protect their personal information and avoid...

Identity theft victims are entitled to a free credit report from each of the 3 credit reporting companies.

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Now that you’ve placed an initial...

If you find mistakes when you review your credit reports, send letters explaining the mistakes to the 3 credit reporting companies and the businesses involved.

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If you know an identity thief tampered with some of your accounts, you may have contacted the related businesses already. After you get your credit reports, read them to see whether other fraudulent transactions or accounts are listed, and then...

Fast action is the best way to limit the damage from identity theft. These sample letters and forms can help you exercise your rights as an identity theft victim, like requesting action from the credit reporting companies and businesses where the...

Take immediate action if an identity thief strikes.

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If you take action quickly, you can stop an identity thief from doing more damage. Follow these three steps as soon as possible:

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An Identity Theft Report gives you some important rights that can help you recover from the theft. To create one, file a complaint with the FTC and print your Identity Theft Affidavit. Use that to file a police report and create your Identity...

Several federal laws protect victims of identity theft.

Summary of RightsDocumenting the TheftWorking with Credit Reporting CompaniesCommunicating with Creditors and Debt CollectorsLimits on Financial Losses from Identity TheftOther Federal...

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