How do I protect my identity?

The Federal Trade Commission has provided consumers with a helpful, easy-to-follow Web page, Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft. The information on this page is downloadable as a PDF.

What should I do if I think I might be a victim of identity theft?

If you suspect someone has tried to use, or otherwise compromised, your personal identity information – your Social Security Number or a bank account number, for example – please consult the following helpful sources for information on what actions you need to take.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC):

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
1-877-ID THEFT (877-438-4338)
Consumer Response Center, FTC
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20580.

Privacy Rights Clearing House:

Identity Theft: What to Do if it Happens to You

Credit bureau contacts: