Identity Theft Resources: Government Agencies and
* Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft
The U.S. Government's central website for information about identity theft includes government reports and
congressional testimony, law enforcement updates, consumer alerts, and links to other sites with helpful
information. Deter, Detect, Defend and Avoid ID Theft.
* Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
IC3 allows users to file complaints online. Its Web site also offers statistics, scam alerts, and fraud prevention
tips. The program is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime
* Social Security Administration (SSA)
SSA provides hotline numbers and information on how to work with credit bureaus and law enforcement agencies to
reclaim your identity.
* U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)–Criminal Division
The Identity Theft and Fraud pages provide information about identity theft and fraud, what to do if you are a
victim, and updates on DOJ responses to identity theft and fraud.
* U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
Through cooperation and partnerships, FinCEN combats money laundering domestically and internationally.
* U.S. Postal Inspection Service
The Identity Theft pages provide consumer tips, instructions on how to get off mailing lists and how to report
unsolicited e-mail ("spam"), and links to information about identity theft and fraud.
* U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Division
The Secret Service investigates crimes associated with financial institutions, including bank fraud, access device
fraud, telecommunications and computer crimes, fraudulent government and commercial securities, and electronic
funds transfer fraud.
* Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) is a non-profit organization established to support victims of identity
theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity
theft. It is the on-going mission of the ITRC to assist victims, educate consumers, victim information guides,
research identity theft and increase public and corporate awareness about this
* National Check Fraud Center
The center provides assistance, information, and crime reporting information for counterfeit checks, forgery, check
fraud, bank fraud, and white collar crimes.
* National Fraud Information Center (NFIC)
NFIC provides a toll-free hotline for consumers to get advice about telephone or e-mail solicitations and report
possible telemarketing or Internet fraud to law enforcement agencies.
Access To Free Credit Reports:
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting
companies - Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion - to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your
request, once every 12 months.
The FCRA promotes the accuracy and privacy of information in the files of the nation’s
consumer reporting companies. To order, visit www.annualcreditreport.com, call 1-877-322-8228, or complete the Annual
Credit Report Request Form. The form is available at the Federal Trade Commission's Web site at www.ftc.gov/credit.
The completed form should be mailed to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box
105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. Do not contact the three nationwide consumer reporting companies individually. They
are providing free annual credit reports only through annualcreditreport.com.
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