Report Identity Theft

If you are a victim of identity theft, or you know someone that is, it is important to report identity theft and start clearing your good name. You may wonder what steps I should take if I’m a victim of identity theft?

The answer is very simple and I won’t take all the credit for it. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a web site that is dedicated to identity theft. In fact, portions of my site are completed using information from this established resource.  So to take matters into your own hands when it comes to reporting id theft and go to FTC’s Report Identity Theft site.

Once there you will notice that there are four steps you need to take to get the ball rolling:

Step 1: place a fraud alert on your credit reports, and review your credit reports.

Step 2: close the accounts that you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.

Step 3: file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

Step 4: file a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.

These four steps are described in detail on the Federal Trade Commission site and further provide helpful resources that are involved with each step. I hope this information helps and I wish you good luck.