Either through a failed attempt at renewing your driver’s license, an unexpected failed background check during a pre-employment screening, or through some event more traumatizing, like being informed at a traffic stop that you have a criminal record you were not aware of, you’ve discovered that someone has successfully made a fraudulent driver’s license (or […]

Identity theft is an ever-growing problem. What follows are 5 simple steps anyone can easily take to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. Get that Social Security Card and birth certificate OUT of your wallet/purse/car: I can’t stress this enough, if you’re not going to get a passport or open a […]

Especially in today’s age of accessible information, parents are more and more protective of their children’s information. This is a wonderful thing because the more aware parents are of the risks to their children for identity theft, the less likely their children will become victims themselves. If a situation occurs that could put your child’s […]

When most people think of identity theft, they only imagine the financial implications of someone opening up credit cards or writing bad checks. However, there is a whole world of ways that these creative thieves can use a victim’s personal information. One of those ways is medical identity theft and even within this subset of […]

While more light still needs to be shown on all the electronic data breaches that are occurring every day, the less flashy and attention-getting forms of attaining personal identifying information should not be overlooked. These “low-tech” strategies for stealing one’s information include stealing wallets or purses, mail theft, sifting through dumpsters for documents, and spying […]

Social networking sites are a great way for families and friends to stay in contact with each other. They also provide an open forum for people to speak their mind, talk about issues that are important to them, and share photos and memories with the world. Kids and teens have especially taken to this new […]

A year ago in May, the ITRC posted ITRC Fact Sheet FS 143, which provided an overview of what the IRS was doing to combat identity theft, and help those victims who specifically had IRS issues because of tax problems created by the identity theft. The content of Fact Sheet 143 was provided by the IRS […]

Late last week we launched a new survey here at the ITRC. This survey is intended to measure how well parents monitor their children’s social media and mobile device usage. There have been many stories in the news lately addressing serious problems with children on the internet. Issues such as bullying, sexting and identity theft […]

The long awaited 2012 Child Identity Theft Report by AllClear ID was recently released, and it revealed alarming information regarding children and identity theft. AllClear ID’s conclusive investigation revealed that 10.7% of children were victims of identity theft in 2011 – a .5% increase from the 2011 Child Identity Theft Report. This report is based […]

When identity theft strikes, it can be hard to know where to start. The goal of the following information is to enhance your working relationship with law enforcement and credit investigators. It includes: Why Should I Have To Do Most Of The Original Work? First Steps: Prior To Talking With The Investigator Making Your Report […]