Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. Thieves steal key pieces of information, such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account info, or driver's license numbers to open new accounts, and/or run up charges on existing accounts. Below are some tips on how to protect against this growing problem.
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If you suspect that you might be a victim of identity theft, act immediately. First, contact the fraud department of each of the three major credit bureaus, then close all affected accounts.
Finally, report the crime to the local authorities and to the Federal Trade Commission at (877) ID-THEFT (877-438-4338).
Other authorities you might want to contact in case of fraud:
For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission's central ID Theft site.
1 Source: Javelin Strategy & Research. "2009
Identity Fraud Survey Report." February 2009.
2 Source: Federal Trade Commission. “Consumer Sentinel
Network Data Book for January – December 2008.” February 26, 2009.
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