• What is Identity Theft?

    Identity theft is a criminal offense that is used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another persons personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.
  • How Significant is the Problem and What are the Costs?

    Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. The FTC estimates that 27 million Americans were victims of identity theft in the past 5 years. Every 79 seconds, a thief steals someone's identity, opens accounts, and goes on a buying spree.
  • What are the Ways Identity Theft is Commonly Committed?

    Shoulder surfing, dumpster diving, and internet scheming are among the common ways identity theft is committed.
  • What Steps Can Individuals Take to Avoid Becoming a Victim?

    SCAM stands for "Stingy, Check, Ask, and Maintain," which describes some basic steps you can take to reduce or minimize the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft or fraud.
  • How Do I Use the Internet Wisely?

    Many tech-savvy thieves use viruses and spyware capable of stealing account numbers and passwords right off your computer.
  • What Should You Do If You Become the Victim of Identity Theft?

    Request a "fraud alert" be placed on your credit file from the three major credit bureaus. Check whether any fraudulent accounts were opened without your knowledge or consent. Contact all creditors with whom your name or identifying data may have been fraudulently used. More...