Monitor your credit report frequently.
Click here for credit reporting agency contact information

Watch what you say on the phone.

Never give out your social security number.

Verify that your personal records are kept in a secure location,
both at home and at work.

At minimum, tear up all personal papers, receipts and junk mail.
For maximum effectiveness, purchase a shredder.

If you suspect someone you're doing business with,
contact your local Chamber of Commerce office.

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

State Attorney Generals Offices Directory

Identity Theft Statistics

Identity Theft Resources by State

Protecting Your Identity While Shopping


Criminal 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

Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force

U.S. Dept of Justice - Identity Theft

U.S. Dept. of Justice - Internet Fraud

Social Security Administration - ID Theft

National Consumers League

National Conference of State Legislatures List of Identity Theft Statutes by State

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

U.S. Public Interest Research Group