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.
Internal Revenue Service, December 2009IRS policies and contact information if you suspect identity fraud in connection with your tax records.
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 CommissionBasic rights for identity victims and steps to report the crime and limit the loss.
FINRA Investor Education Foundation, SaveAndInvest.org and National Center for Victims of CrimeThis guide is designed to assist victim advocates by providing information on financial fraud generally, as well as action steps that can be taken after an individual has been the victim of fraud.
Federal Trade Commission, March 2008Guide to ordering your free credit reports from annualcreditreport.com
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.
Federal Trade CommissionThe FTC’s comprehensive guide for victims of identity theft. Includes the ID Theft Affidavit.