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Taking Action if Your Identity Is Stolen, 11/12/2008
If you think you have become a victim of identity theft, you must act promptly. Depending on the nature of the crime, being slow to react can affect the amount of money you could lose.
· First, contact all three of the major credit bureaus:
· Contact your local police department or sheriff's office. File a police report and keep a copy of the report to give to credit reporting agencies, creditors, and others.
· File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). They have an Identity Theft website that is an excellent resource for anyone that has been victimized by this type of crime:
· Close the accounts that you know or suspect are fraudulent or have been tampered with.
· If you know or suspect that your mail has been stolen, contact the US Postal Service.
· Keep detailed records of any identity theft and your efforts to resolve it.
· Federal Trade Commission "Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft"
· On-Guard Online www.OnGuardOnline.gov This site has many useful articles to help consumers protect themselves online.