If you have been the victim of identity theft, there are three basic steps you may need to take depending on your situation:
Click the links for each bulletpoint to learn more.
Please note that this information is not intended to be comprehensive and is for your use as a general resource.
In just one year, the number of people in the U.S. who were victims of identity theft increased by approximately 1 million – jumping up to 12.6 million in 2012, compared to 2011. These figures from the Javelin Strategy and Research survey did not set a record, however.
In 2003 the Federal Trade Commission began tracking the number of identity theft victims. The highest count to date was set in 2009 – with a staggering 13.9 million victims.
A person's identity can be stolen by various means including:
Social Security Number
The U.S. Department of Justice offers valuable information about identity theft, prevention and what to do if it happens to you.