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Identity Theft

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Additional Resources

Report Identity Theft

Instances of identity theft should be reported to the Federal Trade Commission using the following means:

Related Programs and Websites

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): Identity Theft and Financial Fraud
This section of the BJS website highlights how identity theft data are captured in the National Crime Victimization Survey, provides access to the Identity Theft Supplement data collection, and features topical reports.

Consumer Sentinel
Consumer Sentinel is a unique investigative cyber tool that gives members of the Consumer Sentinel Network access to millions of reports, including reports of identity theft.

This website provides information about consumer protection in the countries that belong to the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network, contact information for consumer protection authorities in those countries, and an online complaint form.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Identity Theft
The FBI serves as the chief investigative unit for the U.S. Department of Justice in cases of fraud, including identity theft.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC): Consumer Protection Topics - Cybersecurity
FDIC provides information for financial institutions in identity theft cases and provides information to consumers on how to avoid identity theft.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): IdentityTheft.gov
This site allows victims of identity theft to file complaints, establish secure accounts, and receive personal, interactive recovery plans. IdentityTheft.gov will help walk you through each recovery step, update your plan as needed, track your progress, and pre-fill forms and letters to send to creditors, debt collectors, and credit agencies.

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
IC3, a partnership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center, serves as a central repository for complaints; works to quantify fraud patterns; and provides timely statistical data on current fraud trends.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Identity Theft Central
This section of the IRS site highlights the numerous steps taken by the IRS to combat identity theft and protect taxpayers.

National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN)
With support from the Office for Victims of Crime, NITVAN is a network of coalitions across the country engaged in creating, enhancing, and delivering identity theft victim assistance training and outreach to improve the ability of the coalition members to provide direct victim assistance services.

National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)
NW3C provides a nationwide support system for agencies involved in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crimes.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Identity Theft
This section of the OVC website provides access to topical publications and resources, details about funding awards, and more.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General: Identity Theft
This website provides information on identity theft involving students and student loans, including downloadable resources for students. It also set up a hotline for reporting fraud and internet crimes related to educational funding.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Identity Theft
This section of the DOJ website informs the public about what can be done to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud and provides information on how to report identity theft.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS): Identity Theft
This section of the USPIS website provides topical information and resources on how to protect yourself and others against identity theft.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
The SEC investigates complaints about investment fraud and cases involving misuse of identity in connection with securities transactions.

U.S. Trustee Program
This U.S. Department of Justice office oversees bankruptcy filings and has programs to minimize the risk of identity theft in conjunction with bankruptcy filings.

Date Modified: January 19, 2022
Date Created: August 13, 2020