Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information without your permission — like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number — to commit fraud or other crimes for personal gain. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, obtain a credit card, or establish a cell phone account in your name, or they may make new charges to existing accounts.
Impersonation Fraud: A fraud that occurs when someone assumes another’s identity to perform a fraud or other criminal act
Federal Trade CommissionBasic rights for identity victims and steps to report the crime and limit the loss.
Social Security Administration, August 2009Specific information concerning protecting your social security number and what to do if someone else is using it.
Internal Revenue Service, December 2009IRS policies and contact information if you suspect identity fraud in connection with your tax records.
Federal Trade CommissionBrief review of medial fraud, its implications, and how to protect yourself.
Federal Trade Commission, January 2010Could identity thieves be using your personal and health insurance information to get medical treatment, prescription drugs or surgery?
Federal Trade CommissionThe FTC’s comprehensive guide for victims of identity theft. Includes the ID Theft Affidavit.
Federal Trade Commission, 2007Pamphlet listing some services to minimize the risk of or mitigate the damage done by identity theft.
Federal Trade Commission, March 2008Guide to ordering your free credit reports from annualcreditreport.com
Federal Deposit Insurance CorporationVideo with tips to protect oneself.
Federal Trade Commission, May 2010Brochure from the FTC with quick steps to help protect yourself from identity theft.
Federal Trade CommissionA voluntary form for filing a complaint with the police department.
Federal Trade CommissionChart for you to use to keep track of the steps taken to report the fraudulent use of your identity.