Network of ID Theft Victim Assistance Coalitions – Here to Help

tax identity theft awareness logoBeing a victim of identity theft can be complicated and frustrating. While it may take time to figure out what happened and begin to fix the damage from this crime, there are programs and trained victim service providers available to help you through the process. 

According to a national survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 16.6 million persons, or 7% of all U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of one or more incidents of identity theft in 2012. About 36% of identity theft victims reported moderate or severe emotional distress due to the incident, with direct and indirect losses from identity theft totaling $24.7 billion.

The FTC tells us that in 2012 tax identity theft accounted for more than 43 percent of the identity theft complaints they received — nearly twice the number in 2011. These numbers are staggering — the losses felt by victims can be too.

That is why, as part of its mission to enhance the nation’s capacity to assist crime victims, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) developed the National Identity Theft Victim Assistance Networks Program (NITVAN). This compassionate group of trained professionals, located in state and community-based coalitions across the nation, is dedicated to improving the response to victims of identity theft — including victims of tax identity theft.

NITVAN has helped to improve the ability of each of their coalitions’ members to provide direct victim assistance services, such as emotional support, practical guidance, and information, and they can assist victims to find local agencies that offer legal and other direct assistance to victims of identity theft as needed. 

In addition to the NITVAN network, OVC provides free online training for victim service professionals to serve victims of identity theft more effectively and assist with their financial and emotional recovery.

To contact your local NITVAN program for assistance, visit www.identitytheftnetwork.org.

If you think your tax refund has been stolen, the NITVAN website outlines steps you can take at www.identitytheftnetwork.org/gethelp/taxidt.

OVC, within the U.S. Department of Justice, supports a broad array of programs and services that focus on helping victims in the immediate aftermath of crime and continuing to support them as they rebuild their lives. For more information on OVC, please visit www.ovc.gov.

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Comments

I would like to report ID theft I ve been receiving for over a year requests to put high ranking US Army officials on my contact list . Can you advice me where to go to report as I don't want these service man fall victim to skype scammers.
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I am hoping someone there can help me.
I shopped at Target at the end of December with my Walmart debit card. My paycheck is direct deposited on this card. This morning (1/19/14) I checked my balance and I had zero money! I called Walmart and found out there was a charge from Target yesterday for $669.80 this charge originated in Brooklyn NY. I live in Dallas Tx.
I pleaded with Walmart to stop this charge since it was still pending the told me I had to call Target. Called Target they tell me Walmart has to stop the charge! I am the one who is now wondering how I will eat and pay for gas next two weeks! Please tell me how to get their attention and get my money back.

Hi, Kelly,

Try calling the customer service number on the back of your debit card. Ask to speak to the fraud department and Insist that the fraudulent charges be removed. You'll also want to cancel that card and get a new one with a new number. For more information read Lost or Stolen Cards.

I Believe someone or more are using my social security number What can I do who do contact

Someone stole my identity and is trying to open up accounts and credit cards, ect. with my information. I know who this person is, but how can I prove it? I am in the process of going Bankrupt, though this person does not know that, they have not been able to get any credit cards, ect. due to the fact that my credit is terrible. But I am worried because this person has all my identity information, which she will eventually be able to use in the future. What can I do about this? Thank you.

Hi, Chloe, it's a good idea to take immediate action if someone has tried to use your personal and financial information. As part of the process, you will have to file a police report. At that time, you can provide the police with information about who you think is responsible. And once you have a complete identity theft report you'll be ready to take care of any problems that occur (like a new account that you didn't authorize). You also might want to read our article about how to apply for a new Social Security number.

My identity been stolen by un untrusted family memeber andvher leach. Reported reported nothing solved but they get off on making my life a nitemare

MY identity was stolen & my husbands identity has also been stolen,we had to change every thing. Can some one help us ?????

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