Identity theft is a crime in which the imposter obtains key pieces of information, such as a Social Security or driver's license number.  The crime occurs when the thief 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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If you believe you are a victim of identity theft and would like our assistance please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the ITRC Victim Assistance Center Toll Free (888) 400-5530

Other sites you may find helpful:




Non-Profit / Non-Government

The Federal Trade Commission. This site contains facts, statistics and other materials you may find useful. - 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. - National Criminal Justice Reference Service - 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. - Listing of legislative bills introduced in the U.S. Senate - U.S PIRG is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works for stronger privacy laws - US Secret Service - This is a good general research area on a variety of topics. - National Center for Victims of Crime - Law Glossary, Legal Dictionary and Terms - The FBI and their Internet Complaint Center - Information on internet fraud - 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. - Social Security Administration (for history of the Social Security number) - U.S. Government Accounting Office (facts and figures). - listing of legislative bills in California. You will find similar ones for each state.
Blogs - The federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. . - in depth security news and investigation - venue for productive discussions and fresh thinking about how to make the Internet safer. - Advocates for granting consumers control over their names and personal data
Military - Banking information security blogs - 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 - 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 - 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 - About Identity Theft, A resource of information for those in the UK and Europe.


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