Identity Theft Resources
- www.privacyrights.org Sponsored by Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. This site covers both privacy and identity theft issues. We especially recommend the sections on new entries (the most up-to-date information), privacy fact sheets, case histories, and speeches and testimony. “Nowhere to Turn” is the most comprehensive survey/report done on identity theft victims today.
- www.identitytheft.org This site is maintained by Mari Frank, a victim and an attorney who has become a nationally recognized expert in the field. She also has a book and a kit, “From Victim to Victor.” This resource is very helpful for those who feel they can’t write a good letter themselves or who have a rather complex case.
- www.consumer.gov/idtheft The Federal Trade Commission maintains this site and it is full of good information. You should register the identity theft with them. You can reach them toll-free: 1-877-IDTHEFT. The FTC keeps a database of identity theft crimes reported to them. The statistics they collect are helping to force legislators take this crime seriously. The FTC also works with law enforcement to link cases and find imposters who may be repeating this crime in other locations.
- www.fightidentitytheft.com A well-organized site with some good information.
- www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/idtheft.html The U.S. Department of Justice. There are a number of free publications available at this site.
- www.scambusters.org For up-to-date information on scams.
- www.pirg.org U.S PIRG is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that works for stronger privacy laws.
- www.bbbonline.org Check out a business or a possible scam with the Better Business Bureau.
- www.privacytimes.com Written by Evan Hendricks. A newsletter published about 22 times a year about privacy and identity theft information. Includes lawsuits, legislation and information on the crime.
- www.iir.com/nwccc National White Collar Crime Center.
- www.ncjrs.org National Criminal Justice Reference Service.
- www.gao.gov US Government Accounting Office (facts and figures).
- www.epic.org This is a good general research area on a variety of topics including pending federal privacy and identity theft legislation.
- www.senate.gov Listing of legislative bills introduced in the U.S. Senate.
- www.ssa.gov Social Security Administration.
- www.treas.gov/usss US Secret Service.
- www.ic3.gov The FBI and their Internet Complaint Center.
TransUnion: 800-888-4213, www.tuc.com To report fraud: 800-680-7289 TDD- 877-553-7803
Experian: 888-EXPERIAN, www.experian.com To report fraud: 888-397-3742 TDD- 800-972-0322
Equifax: 800-997-2493, www.equifax.com To report fraud: 800-525-6285 Hearing impaired: Call 1-800-255-0056