The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is providing a new online resource, IdentityTheft.gov, that the agency says makes it easier for victims to report identity theft, and help them recover.
The website provides an interactive checklist that walks people through the recovery process, including a section titled, “What To Do Right Away.” The easy-to-follow steps helps victims better understand which recovery steps should be taken after first learning that their identity has been stolen.
The site also provides sample letters and other helpful resources.
IdentityTheft.gov also offers specialized tips for specific forms of I.D. theft, including tax-related and medical identity theft. The site also has advice for people who have been notified that their personal information was exposed in a data breach, which has become a common occurrence over the past two years, with major payment card breaches at national retail chains.
Identity theft has been the top consumer complaint reported to the FTC for the past 15 years. In 2014, the FTC received more than 330,000 complaints from consumers who were victims of identity theft.
A Spanish version of the site is also available at RobodeIdentidad.gov.