Identity Theft

Identity theft is a serious crime that costs American consumers billions of dollars each year. It occurs when someone uses your personal information, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

Although you can't entirely control whether you will become a victim of identity theft, there are precautions you can take to minimize the risk. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, encourages consumers to Deter, Detect and Defend to help prevent identity theft.

  • Common Ways Identity Theft Happens

  • How to Deter Identity Theft

  • How to Detect Identity Theft

  • How to Defend Against Identity Theft

By Phone: 1.877.ID.THEFT (438.4338) or TTY, 1.866.653.4261
By Mail: Identity Theft Clearinghouse
Federal Trade Commission
Washington, DC 20580