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.

Protecting Your Identity

Active Duty Alerts

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

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.

Financial Readiness: As Critical as Fully Charged Batteries

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

How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure

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

Identity Theft Protection Services

Here’s how to evaluate the services and costs of a service that claims to protect your identity.

Discovering Identity Theft

Identity Theft

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

Place a Fraud Alert

How to place an initial fraud alert on your credit report to make it harder for an identity thief to open other accounts in your name.

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: Specific Issues

Child Identity Theft

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

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?

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.

Tax-Related Identity Theft

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