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.
You can help limit the damage from identity theft with some quick responses. Placing a fraud alert on your credit reports. Filing a complaint with the FTC. And then filing a police report.
Taking these steps will give you some important tools to deal with other problems that may come up. Like charges you didn't authorize on your credit card, phone, or utility bills. Like ATM withdrawals or debit card purchases you didn't approve. Like getting a letter from the IRS saying someone has filed for a tax refund in your name.
Keep records of your calls and copies of documents. If these problems do come up later, you'll have the necessary tools close at hand. For more tips and tools on dealing with identity theft, visit ftc.gov/idtheft. That's ftc.gov/idtheft.
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