What is Identity Theft?
Identity Theft Prevention
Identity Theft Statistics By State 2009
Identity Theft Statistics By State 2016
Identity Theft Statistics By State 2020
Identity Theft Statistics By State 2021
Identity Theft Victim Procedures
National Identity Theft Resources
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Identity theft occurs when someone obtains your personal information (Social Security Number, credit card numbers, bank account information, drivers license, birth date, etc.) and fraudulently uses your credit accounts, open new accounts in your name, take out a loan, rent an apartment, access bank accounts, or commit other crimes at your expense. Often, you may not know you are a victim of this crime until months later, when you are unexpectedly turned down for a loan or get a call from a collection agency about an account you never opened. You might even get a call from the police about a crime you didn't commit.

Because credit card companies must limit consumer responsibility to $50 in most cases of fraud, and because many new cards include "zero responsibility" protection, some people think there is no reason to worry about credit fraud. But in its most advanced form -- identity theft -- credit fraud can cause wide-ranging long-term problems. Identity thieves can use your personal information to take over your savings or checking accounts or open new ones. And these damages do not have limits. They may even use your good credit to get a job, take out a car loan, or rent an apartment.

How to prevent Identity Theft

What to do if you've been victimized by Identity Theft

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Criminal Identity Theft
Experian Fraud & Identity Theft
Federal Trade Commission's ID Theft Resources
Federal Trade Commission's Internet Privacy & Security Resources
Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Protection Complaint Form
National Consumers League
National Conference of State Legislatures List of Identity Theft Statutes by State
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Social Security Administration - ID Theft
U.S. Dept of Justice Consumer Fraud Task Force
U.S. Dept of Justice - Identity Theft
U.S. Dept. of Justice - Mass Marketing Fraud
U.S. Public Interest Research Group Consumer Defense