Federal Government

The following federal government agencies can provide information about any state-specific
identity theft situation and/or help you with any state-specific fraud.


Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

A great resource for information on fraud and identity theft.

Report cases of identity theft. See How To File an FTC Identity Theft Report

Report Fraud: www.identitytheft.gov

Phone: (877) 382-4357

Privacy, Identity, & Online Security:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Official IRS website. Find documents on filing taxes and tax regulations.

Contact to request information on an IP PIN number if you have been a victim of identity theft.

Website: https://www.irs.gov/

Information on requesting an IP PIN number: www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/get-an-identity-protection-pin


IRS Identity Theft Hotline
Contact in cases of tax fraud, fraudulent taxes filed, or possible fraudulent employment.

Phone: (800) 908-4490


IRS Tax Payer Advocates
Contact if you are contacted for errors or inaccuracies in your taxes. Contact for questions regarding when to file certain taxes.

Offers a guide to taxpayers concerning identity theft

Phone: (877) 777-4778

Read the taxpayer guide to identity theft: www.irs.gov/newsroom/taxpayer-guide-to-identity-theft


Report Scams that appear to be from the IRS

Phone: (800) 366-4484

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Social Security Administration (SSA)

Contact for issues regarding lost/stolen social security cards and obtaining needed forms for clearing work history fraud.

Website: www.ssa.gov/

Phone: (800) 772-1213


Contact the Office of Inspector General Social Security Administration to report fraud of all kinds regarding the SSA.

Website: oig.ssa.gov/

Phone: (800) 269-0271

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Reporting lost/stolen green cards. Report the misuse of immigration documentation

Identity Fraud:  www.ice.gov/identity-benefit-fraud

Phone: (866) DHS-2-ICE

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Contact if you wish to leave tip of possible crime, fraud or terrorist threats.

Contact if you suspect police corruption.

Website: www.fbi.gov/

Submit a tip on possible fraud or crime:

Report Online Fraud: www.ic3.gov 

Office of Inspector General

US. Department of Health and Human Services

Report fraud pertaining to Medicare.

Fraud Hotline: (800) 447-8477
Website: oig.hhs.gov/fraud/report-fraud/index.asp

U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)

Law enforcement for the Postal Service

Website: postalinspectors.uspis.gov

Report Mail Fraud (877)-876-2455

Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Contact for fraud relating to government assisted housing

Website: www.hudoig.gov/fraud-prevention

U.S. Department of Justice

Prevents and controls crime, seeks punishment of the guilty and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice

Website: www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/identity-theft/identity-theft-and-identity-fraud


Specialty Resources


Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

National Opt- Out Hotline

Opt out of receiving legitimate solicitations by companies by phone.

Phone: (888) 5OPT-Out  (888-567-8688)

Opt-Out in Writing: www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0262-stopping-unsolicited-mail-phone-calls-and-email 

United States Senate Aging Fraud Hotline

Report fraud or identity theft affecting seniors and aging adults

Website: www.aging.senate.gov/fraud-hotline

Phone: (855) 303-9470

Annual Credit Report

Receive a free copy of your credit report from each of the three CRAs once a year.

Website: www.annualcreditreport.com 

Phone: (877) 322-8228


Identity Theft Laws

While the ITRC does not give legal advice, we have provided a list of known identity theft laws that may help you.
We suggest that you share this information with an attorney or legal representative if you are going to pursue criminal or civil charges.


What it Addresses

Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998

Transfer or use of another person’s identification without lawful authority and with the intent to commit a crime.

FACTA: Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act

Identity theft prevention, credit history protection and restoration, consumer access to credit information parameters, enhancing accuracy of consumer report information, and the limiting the use and sharing of medical information in the financial system.

FCRA: Fair Credit Reporting Act

Protects consumers from willful/negligent inclusion of inaccurate information on credit reports.

FDCPA: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Eliminate abusive debt collection practices by debt collectors and protect consumers from debt collection abuse

Check21: Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act

Laws regarding substitute checks, check truncation and the regulations regarding electronic checks.

CAN-SPAM Act of 2003

Requires unsolicited commercial emails to be labeled and include opt-out instructions. Prohibits the use of deceptive subject lines and false headers.



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