Identity theft is a crime in which the impostor obtains key pieces of information, such as a Social Security or driver's license number.  The crime occurs when the thief uses uses this "personal identifying information" for their own gain.   The victim is left with a tainted reputation and the complicated task of restoring his or her good name.

Identity theft is a complex crime.  It keeps changing and evolving.  Please check our website often for new information on scams, crime trends, and steps that consumers can take to combat identity theft.

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Other sites you may find helpful:

 

Government

 

Non-Profit / Non-Government

The Federal Trade Commission. This site contains facts, statistics and other materials you may find useful.
 
www.privacyrights.org - This site is full of information on privacy issues and identity theft. We especially recommend the sections on new entries (the most up-to-date information), fact sheets, case histories, and speeches and testimony.
www.ncjrs.org - National Criminal Justice Reference Service
 
www.calpirg.org/idtheft - CALPIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society.
www.senate.gov - Listing of legislative bills introduced in the U.S. Senate
 
www.pirg.org - U.S PIRG is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works for stronger privacy laws
www.secretservice.gov/ - US Secret Service
 

www.epic.org - This is a good general research area on a variety of topics.

www.ncvc.org/ - National Center for Victims of Crime
 
www.lawglossary.net - Law Glossary, Legal Dictionary and Terms
www.ic3.gov - The FBI and their Internet Complaint Center
 
www.fbi.gov - Information on internet fraud
 
fraudavengers.org - FraudAvengers is a weblog designed to educate consumers on how to understand, identify and avoid situations and events in their daily lives that make them susceptible to payments fraud.
www.ssa.gov - Social Security Administration (for history of the Social Security number)
 
 
www.gao.gov - U.S. Government Accounting Office (facts and figures).
   
www.leginfo.ca.gov - listing of legislative bills in California. You will find similar ones for each state.
 
Blogs
www.onguardonline.gov - The federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. .
 
Krebsonsecurity.com - in depth security news and investigation
   
http://lastwatchdog.com/ - venue for productive discussions and fresh thinking about how to make the Internet safer.
   
www.thedunningletter.blogspot.com - Advocates for granting consumers control over their names and personal data
Military
 
http://blogs.bankinfosecurity.com/ - Banking information security blogs
www.bbb.org/us/Military - BBB Military Line offers a variety of free services and consumer education to the military via local BBB outreach as well as on the Web.
 
The New York Times Bucks Blogs - Making the Most of Your Money
   
www.bbb.org/us/Military - BBB Military Line offers a variety of free services and consumer education to the military via local BBB outreach as well as on the Web.
Business
 
www.thinklikeaspy.com - Identity theft blog by John Sileo, author of Stolen Lives, Identity Theft Prevention Made Simple and Privacy Means Profit.
New York Times - identity theft topic page for The New York Times
   
     
International
   
www.aboutidentitytheft.co.uk - About Identity Theft, A resource of information for those in the UK and Europe.

 

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