Identity theft occurs when someone wrongfully acquires and uses a consumer’s personal identification, credit, or account information.

Identity theft has developed into one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. If you are the victim of identity theft, there are numerous resources available to assist in reporting the ID theft and to help you protect yourself from ID theft.

How identity theft occurs:

If you are the victim of identity theft, here's what you can do:

Website: https://www.identitytheft.gov/

Call: Toll-free number: 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338); or TDD: 202-326-2502

Mail: Write to the FTC at the following address:

Identity Theft Clearinghouse

Federal Trade Commission

600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20580 

Additionally, you can:

The following is a list of agency websites that contain additional valuable information regarding fraud prevention and steps to follow after becoming a fraud victim: