What to Know, What to Do
Is someone is using your personal or financial information to make purchases, get benefits, file taxes, or commit fraud?
It’s identity theft.
Visit IdentityTheft.gov to report identity theft and get a personal recovery plan.
The site provides detailed advice to help you fix problems caused by identity theft, along with the ability to:
Go to IdentityTheft.gov and click “Get Started.”
There’s detailed advice for tax, medical, and child identity theft – plus over thirty other types of identity theft. No matter what type of identity theft you’ve experienced, the next page tells you what to do right away. You’ll find these steps – and a whole lot more – at IdentityTheft.gov.
What to Do Right Away
Step 1: Call the companies where you know fraud occurred
Step 2: Place a fraud alert and get your credit reports
Step 3: Report identity theft to the FTC
Go to IdentityTheft.gov for Next Steps
Your next step might be closing accounts opened in your name, or reporting fraudulent charges to your credit card company.
IdentityTheft.gov can help – no matter what your specific identity theft situation is.