Instances of identity theft should be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the following means:
This section contains examples of nationally recognized agencies and organizations that provide services or information.
Consumer Sentinel Network
The Consumer Sentinel Network is an innovative, international law enforcement fraud-fighting program. Using this restricted-access Web site, law enforcement agencies can access hundreds of thousands of complaints from consumers about identity theft and Internet cons, telemarketing scams, and other frauds.
This Web site provides general information about consumer protection in the countries that belong to the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN), contact information for consumer protection authorities in those countries, and an online complaint form.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The FBI serves as the chief investigative unit for the U.S. Department of Justice in cases of fraud, including identity theft.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
FDIC provides information for financial institutions in identity theft cases.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Identity Theft
The FTC's central Web site for information about identity theft includes government reports and congressional testimony, law enforcement updates, consumer alerts, and links to other sites with helpful information. Identity theft victims can file a complaint from this Web site or by calling (877) 382-4357.
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
FinCEN brings people and information together to fight the complex problem of money laundering, linking Federal, State, local, and international law enforcement; regulatory communities; and financial communities to prevent and detect financial crimes.
Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force
With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 US Attorneys Offices and state and local partners, the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force was created in November 2009 to hold accountable those who helped bring about the last financial crisis, and to prevent another crisis from happening.
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
IC3, a partnership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), serves as a central repository for complaints; works to quantify fraud patterns; and provides timely statistical data on current fraud trends.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Identity Protection
This section of the IRS site highlights the numerous steps taken by the IRS to combat identity theft and protect taxpayers.
National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC)
NCVC provides information about identity theft and resources for victims of identity theft.
National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN)
With support from the Office for Victims of Crime, NITVAN is a network of coalitions across the country, engaged in creating, enhancing, and delivering identity theft victim assistance training and outreach to improve the ability of the coalition members to provide direct victim assistance services. Available on the NITVAN site are a Toolkit for Professionals and a Resource Map for access to local resources and contacts.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ): Identity Theft
This section of the NIJ Web site contains information on such topics as identity theft research, statistics, and resources related to identity theft for law enforcement.
National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)
NW3C provides a nationwide support system for agencies involved in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crimes. It also supports and partners with other appropriate entities in addressing homeland security initiatives as they relate to economic and high-tech crimes.
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
This Web site links to organizations that provide information on identity theft and provides a list of fraud-related publications. The Web site also has the OVC HELP for Victim Service Providers Web forum, which is a place where victim service providers and allied professionals can connect to peers and share ideas about best practices for a variety of topics, including Identity Theft.
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
This Web site provides resources and links to organizations that deal with identity theft.
OnGuardOnline.gov, which is maintained by the Federal Trade Commission, provides practical tips from the Federal government and the technology industry to help consumers be on guard against Internet fraud. It also informs consumers on how to properly secure their computers and how to protect personal information.
U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General
This Web site provides information on identity theft involving students and student loans, including downloadable resources for students. It also set up a hotline for reporting fraud and Internet crimes related to educational funding.
U.S. Department of Justice
This Web site informs the public about what can be done to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud and provides information on how to report identity theft.
U.S. Department of the Treasury: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
The office charters, regulates, and supervises national banks to ensure a safe, sound, and competitive banking system that supports the citizens, communities, and economy of the United States.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
This Web site provides information on various kinds of fraud, included sweepstakes and lotteries, personal finance-related schemes, employment schemes, and telephone solicitations. Fraud Prevention videos are also available free of charge, including Identity Crisis: Protect Your Identity.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
The SEC investigates complaints about investment fraud and cases involving misuse of identity in connection with securities transactions.
U.S. Trustee Program
This U.S. Department of Justice office oversees bankruptcy filings and has programs to minimize the risk of identity theft in conjunction with bankruptcy filings.