Resolving Identity Theft? How to Help
Monday, April 22, 2013
- Organization: Federal Trade Commission
FTC staff has a proud history of collaborating with legal services and victims’ rights groups, sharing legal resources and information and training hundreds of advocates throughout the country about a number of important consumer protection issues. Along the way, we’ve gotten many questions about how to help people reduce their risk of identity theft — and how to help them recover from the crime.
This new video describes two comprehensive FTC resources for dealing with identity theft:
•Taking Charge has step-by-step instructions that explain what victims should do now, what to do later, and how to track their progress.
•The Guide for Assisting Identity Theft Victims has tools for advocates to help victims of identity theft who need more support — for example, those who are struggling with uncooperative creditors or credit reporting companies, or those who have language or health challenges.
Identity theft can ruin a person’s financial status, credit history, and reputation, and at best, can be a real headache to resolve. Whether you’re an identity theft victim yourself — or advocating for one — these FTC resources can be a big help. Let us know how you’ve used them.