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Avoiding Identity Theft
The terms, identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.
The following websites explain why you should take precautions to protect yourself and offer resources to help you do it. The sites also provide steps on what to do if you suspect that you are a victim of identity theft.
Federal Trade Commission - Deter. Detect. Defend. »
These are official government pages addressing how to fight back against identity theft.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse - Empowering Consumers. Protecting Privacy »
This is a comprehensive site with links to hundreds of articles ranging from privacy basics to data breaches to debt collections and reporting.
United States Department of Justice »
These are official government pages on identity theft and identity fraud.