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Identity Theft is a Crime: Resources from the Government

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Online resources are presented from the Federal Government on identity theft: the President's Task Force on Identity Theft, reporting identity theft, and Guide for Assisting Identity Theft Victims.
The first resource identified from IDTheft.gov is the President's Task Force on Identity Theft established in 2006 under Executive Order 13402 calls for a coordinated approach among government agencies to combat identity theft. The Task Force was to develop a strategic plan to make Federal government's efforts more effective and efficient in the areas of identity theft awareness, prevention, detection, and prosecution. The Task Force focused on several areas: law enforcement, education, and government safeguards. The second resource are steps that victims of identity theft should take when filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Several links are provided on how to file a complaint as well as additional resources. The third and final resource identified is the Guide for Assisting Identity Theft Victims. This guide was prepared by the FTC to assist attorneys counseling identity theft victims. It explains the common types of identity theft, their impact on clients, and the tools available for restoring victims to their pre-crime status. It also provides information and materials published by other organizations that address identity theft, such as medical or employment related identity theft.