Report identity theft and get a personal recovery plan at IdentityTheft.gov

IdentityTheft.gov HomepageMillions of people are affected by identity theft each year. It might start with a mysterious credit card charge, a bill you don’t recognize, or a letter from the IRS that says you already got your refund — even though you didn’t.

If someone uses your information to make purchases, open new accounts, or get a tax refund, that’s identity theft. Recovering from identity theft often takes time and persistence. That’s why today’s announcement from the FTC is a big deal: New features at IdentityTheft.gov make it easier to report and recover from identity theft.

When you use IdentityTheft.gov to report a problem, you’ll get a personal recovery plan that:

  • walks you through each recovery step
  • tracks your progress and adapts to your changing situation
  • pre-fills letters and forms for you.

Check out this new video to see how it works:

 

No matter what your specific identity theft situation is, IdentityTheft.gov can help. The website has information — and recovery plans — for more than 30 types of identity theft, including child identity theft and tax-related identity theft.

In fact, this announcement comes in the midst of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, a national campaign that raises awareness about criminals who try to steal your tax refund. Visit ftc.gov/taxidtheft to learn more about this week’s events.

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Please continue to inform hard working tax payers of America

I have received 3 contacts from Lawyers about receiving money from a divorcee decree from Australia. These autornies were from offices in the US. One attorney had a copy of my drivers License also. I am concerned and not sure what to do. I do not live in any of the states that these attornies practice in. Can you help me.

If you think someone is misusing your personal information, go to IdentityTheft.gov.

If someone you don't know says they have money for you, but they want you to send money first, don't do it. This FTC article tells about scams when people say you won something, or have money coming to you, but they really want your money.

I was spammed by:Ata LLC ( Irvine, CA 92604 for PC security coverage.
They promised 1 Year coverage: $120 charged me twice and then shut my PC system down so i could not get back into my PC. it took my systems tech 3-4 days to restore my PC. The yhave 1 employee who sets up a PC and takes over control of ones personal PC.. The operation has been in business since; 2011 principal owner:Aruna Agrawal from India.It is a typical scam operation according to my tech and other in my search of the company.

My credit card company said a scam co has the choice to refuse to return excess funds charged to my CC after a false claim for PC security protection. I found after they scammed me that were doing this to many suspects by my tech and other independent search watchdogs.The company: Ata LLC, only one person listed at 33 E Yale Loop Irvine, CA 92604, their SIC code: 7389 . Copyright @ 2016 Buzzfile Media LLC. Principal Owner from India:Aruna Agrawal founded: 2011.tel # 949 281-1109

Thank you for sharing your experiences. We can't address complaints that come through the blog comments. Please go to ftc.gov/complaint to report this.

They called me today. They had me call another number to confirm my winnings. The second number was 1-620-772-4181 ext #25. I was told that to speed up delivery of my prize I would have to by a $2500.00 western union money gram and send it to them. The person on the phone used the name Raymond Davis. I knew it was a scam and said so. He hung up. I called back and got his voice saying that no one was available to take my call and to leave a message. The first number on my caller ID was 1-876-314-7191. Please do something about this .

Please report your experience at ftc.gov/complaint so it becomes part of the FTC database that's used by investigators nationwide. Your complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice. We can't address complaints that you discuss in the blog comments.

interesting

some one using my social security number an claim i am married an etc how do i place a frad ealert on mty number

This page explains steps for dealing with identity theft. It tells how to put a fraud alert on your credit report.

If you see mistakes on the credit report, go to IdentityTheft.gov. Make a complaint about identity theft. 

just got a automated called from a company identifying themselves as the IRS, when asked to prove their identity as the IRS, since notification of legal action by the government, you are also supposed to get mail, sent to you with the legal paperwork. The operators on the other end of the line hang up. This is to report this fraud number. (202)446-7202

I think my network was hacked and someone used my mom's card and I have a charge that is mysterious but still in process will check tomorrow been dealing with this for over a year and I'm seriously at my limit already been through 5 pc and 9 cell phone from this crazy ex of my girlfriend

My wife's ex husband bragged about being the thief that not only created a mess for ME, the FTC, either does not care or is incapable of making crooks like him pay instead buying garbage on our dime calling disability 'FREE MONEY" our busted backs respectively disagree. Also, never believe someone that says they want to help, that means they want to rip you off! I had to get rid of a scammer that told me & the Mrs that we're getting free $$ from USG?!? I said FTC and he hung up!!

This video gives a detailed explanation, easily understood meaning

I have someone on my cell phone that uses my phones capabilities to retrieve info from my phone.my messages,photos,they change my email. I am slowly trying to figure it out. It come down to the fact its very personal. I feel my privacy is totally invaided. The boost carrier I am with is no help and don't can..his can I get help, I think I know who it is. He lives next do...any advise this is very serious.

I too have experienced and are still experiencing identity theft because someone is accessing my personal information via my Google account through developer tools. This has been going on since December 2014 and i have done everything to get it to stop. It got so bad that BB&T refused to issue any more credits and forced me to close my account by putting a hold on my direct deposit and the only way i could access the funds was to close my accounts. I havr made 4 reports with the FTC and i even had identity theft insurance, which turned out to be a joke. Please tell me what i nees to do to get some of the $20k dollars back and get it to stop once and for all!!! I know there is someone out there that can help me but I just havent gotten to them yet. Im open to suggestions.

IdentityTheft.gov can help you if someone is using your personal information to open new accounts, or is taking money from your current accounts.  IdentityTheft.gov explains how to put a freeze on your credit reports to make it harder for a thief to use your accounts. IdentityTheft.gov lets you list the specific problems you have, and creates a personal plan for your situation.

If someone hacked into your accounts, or put software on your computer so they can spy on you, you can get help from a computer expert. This FTC article tells how to deal with spyware and other malicious software (called malware). This article tells how to respond to hacked email.

What about for an ex wife continually opening new accounts in the ex husbands name and having her grown sons from her first marriage act like him on the phone for verification purposes...?

If someone uses your information to make purchases, open new accounts, or get a tax refund, that’s identity theft.

I am dealing with identity theft my emails are redirected to archives I cannot access Google acct I have sent several requests have this matter looked into I was advised to file complaint with IC3.GOV never received it. Cable provider sending alerts going over data blocks on my cellphone an landline at home

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