Identity Theft

While identity theft can happen to anyone, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk. If you think someone is using your personal information to open accounts, file taxes, or make purchases, visit IdentityTheft.gov to report and recover from identity theft. Looking for identity theft resources to share in your community? Visit ftc.gov/idtheft.

Identity Theft Protection Services

Describes identity theft protection services you can buy, and free and low-cost alternatives you can use to guard against identity theft, and recover if identity theft occurs.

Credit Freeze FAQs

If you’re concerned about identity theft, data breaches, or someone gaining access to your credit report without your permission, you might consider placing a credit freeze on your report.

Child Identity Theft

Here’s how to protect your child's personal information against theft.

Place a Fraud Alert

A fraud alert can make it harder for an identity thief to open more accounts in your name. You can place a fraud alert by asking one of the three credit bureaus. It has to put the alert on your credit report and tell the other two credit bureaus to do so. The alert lasts one year.

Active Duty Alerts

An active duty alert adds an extra layer of protection to the credit records of servicemembers while they are deployed.

Extended Fraud Alerts and Credit Freezes

Placing both extended fraud alerts and credit freezes on your credit reports can make it more difficult for an identity thief to open new accounts in your name.

Medical Identity Theft

An identity thief can use your personal information to get medical care or services. Find out how to respond.

Financial Readiness in Times of Disaster

You’ve got batteries, a tank of gas, and water. Are your financial papers and personal documents stored safely in case of an emergency?

Warning Signs of Identity Theft

Warning signs include credit or debit charges you don’t recognize, bills for accounts you didn’t open, and IRS notices that say you filed multiple tax returns.

Identity Theft

Here's an overview of what to know and do about identity theft.

Shredding Infographic

Are you wondering what to keep and what to shred? We looked at experts’ advice and compiled this summary of how long they recommend keeping certain documents.

Tax-Related Identity Theft

Do you know the warning signs that an identity thief is using your Social Security number?

How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure

Safeguard your personal information, whether it is on paper, online, or on your computers and mobile devices.

Do You Need a New Social Security Number?

You must report the misuse of your Social Security number. Now, should you get a new — or replacement — number or card?