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11/06/2015 - FTC


The Federal Trade Commission protects consumers by stopping unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices in the marketplace. We conduct investigations, sue companies and people that violate the law, develop rules to ensure a vibrant marketplace, and educate consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities. We collect complaints about hundreds of issues from deceptive advertising to identity theft, and make them available to law enforcement agencies worldwide for follow-up.

Identity theft is the crime of the 21st Century. It has been the top consumer complaint reported to the Federal Trade Commission for the past 15 years, and in 2014, the Commission received more than 330,000 complaints from consumers who were victims of identity theft.

 Tweet This:  #JSPartner @FTC site IdentityTheft.gov provides detailed advice, resources to recover from ID theft. 

Hollywood might have you believe that identity theft means a dozen maxed out credit cards, a warrant for your arrest, and a bill for a spa appointment 2,000 miles away. But in real life, identity theft can be sneakier. It might start with a small credit card charge you don’t recognize. Or a strange new account that shows up on your credit report. Or a letter from the IRS that says you already filed taxes this year. Only you didn’t. If someone uses your information to make purchases, open new accounts, or get a tax refund, that’s identity theft.

Only in Hollywood would you fly across the country to track down and arrest the thief. In real life, it might take a while to figure out what’s happened, and how to recover. IdentityTheft.gov —a new resource from the FTC—can help. A Spanish version of the site also is available at RobodeIdentidad.gov.

IdentityTheft.gov can help you determine which critical steps come first, and provides detailed advice and helpful resources—like easy-to-print checklists and sample letters. The site also connects you to organizations that are critical to the recovery process, like credit bureaus, the Social Security Administration, the IRS, and local consumer protection offices. In addition, the site offers specialized tips for specific forms of identity theft, including tax-related and medical identity theft. The site also has advice for people who have been notified that their personal information was exposed in a data breach. A recent Executive Order called for the FTC and other federal agencies to streamline and consolidate resources at IdentityTheft.gov. Future enhancements to the site will allow people to get customized help based on their specific experiences.


Looking for free identity theft resources to share in your community? To get free publications, videos and tutorials, visit ftc.gov/idtheft.

Stay up to date with tips and advice for consumers and businesses at https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice There you’ll find blogs, videos and information regularly updated to keep you informed on the latest

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Colleen Tressler
Senior Project Manager, Division of Consumer and Business Education
Federal Trade Commission
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