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New resource for ID theft victims

New resource for ID theft victims

The Federal Trade Commission has announced the launch of a new website, IdentityTheft.gov, a resource that makes it easier for victims to report and recover from identity theft. The new website provides an interactive checklist that walks people through the recovery process and helps them understand which recovery steps should be taken upon learning their identity has been stolen. It also provides sample letters, specialized tips for specific forms of identity theft, and advice for people who have been notified that their personal information was exposed in a data breach. A Spanish version of the site is also available.

The Federal Trade Commission reminds you that your personal information is a valuable commodity.  It’s not only the key to your financial identity, but also to your online identity.  Knowing how to protect your information – and your identity – is a must in the 21st century.  Here are some tips for doing it effectively:

Limiting unwanted calls & emails

Some phone calls and emails are important, some can be annoying, and others are just plain illegal.  Learn how to reduce the number of unwanted messages you get by phone and online.

Computer security

The internet offers access to a world of products and services, entertainment and information.  At the same time, it creates opportunities for scammers, hackers, and identity thieves.  Learn how to protect your computer, your information and your online files.

Kids’ online safety

The opportunities kids have to socialize online come with benefits and risks.  Adults can help reduce the risks by talking to kids about making safe and responsible decisions.

Identity theft

While identity theft can happen to anyone, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk.  If you think someone is using your personal information to open accounts, file taxes or make purchases, visit IdentityTheft.gov to report and recover from identity theft.

 

 

 

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