IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Identity Theft - Related Resources
Reporting Identity Theft
Instances of identity theft should be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the following means:
- Online Complaint Assistant (select Identity Theft from the category options)
- Phone: (877) ID-THEFT
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 website, law enforcement agencies can access hundreds of thousands of complaints from consumers about identity theft and Internet cons, telemarketing scams, and other frauds.
- This website 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): IdentityTheft.gov
- This site allows victims of identity theft to file complaints, establish secure accounts, and receive personal, interactive recovery plans. IdentityTheft.gov will help walk you through each recovery step, update your plan as needed, track your progress, and pre-fill forms and letters to send to creditors, debt collectors, and credit agencies.
- 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.
- ID Theft Toolkit
- The National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network, with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, created this toolkit for victim advocates, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and others involved in assisting victims of identity theft.
- 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 tools for professionals.
- 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 website links to organizations that provide information on identity theft and provides a list of fraud-related publications. The website 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.
- OnGuard Online
- 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.
- Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud
- The Task Force is part of a government-wide initiative to combat fraud against consumers – particularly the elderly, service members, and veterans – and corporate fraud that victimizes the general public and the government.
- U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General
- This website 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 website 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 website provides information on various kinds of fraud, included sweepstakes and lotteries, personal finance-related schemes, employment schemes, and telephone solicitations. Fraud Prevention videos are available, 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.