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Identity Theft Victim Assistance Network Project
The Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC), with funding from OVC, this project seeks to improve the response (infrastructure, training, outreach tools, and direct victim assistance services) to victims of identity theft nationwide.

Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft
OVC and the Federal Trade Commission held a forum in 2011 to discuss child identity theft. Read transcripts from forum sessions which explored the nature of child identity theft - including foster care identity theft and identity theft within families - with the goal of advising parents and victims on how to prevent the crime and how to resolve child identity theft problems.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Managing Someone Else's Money
This site provides advice to help financial caregivers manage the financial decisions of a loved one, provides information on how to watch out for scams and financial exploitation, and what to do if your loved one is a victim.

Elder Justice Initiative
This site serves as a resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families, practitioners who serve them, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, and researchers seeking to understand and address this silent epidemic plaguing our nation's elders. Victims and family members will find information about how to report and get assistance for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC is the U.S. Government's central Web site for information about identity theft includes government reports and Congressional testimony, law enforcement updates, and consumer alerts. Victims of identity theft will find useful information provides information on how to report identity theft and steps to protect their credit.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): A Guide to Protecting Foster Kids' Credit
This guide provides a step-by-step instructions to implement the federal mandated credit check requirement for adults who work with youth in foster care that are 16 and older in order to identify and fix any inaccuracies in their credit history.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Ask a Business to Block Information on Your Existing Account
This sample letter will help you ask a business to block information on your existing account. This means a business must stop reporting the fraudulent information to the credit reporting companies.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Ask Credit Reporting Companies to Remove Fraudulent Errors on Your Credit Report
This sample letter will help identity theft victims ask credit reporting companies to remove fraudulent errors on their credit report.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Extended Fraud Alerts and Credit Freezes
Victims of identity theft may want to place an extended fraud alert or a credit freeze on their credit file. This site provides information on both extended fraud alerts and credit freezes, along with the steps victims can take to implement them.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Identity Theft
This section of the FTC Web site provides general information about identity theft, tips on how to protect your identity, the and steps to take if your identity has been stolen.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Protecting Personal Information -- A Guide for Business
The loss of sensitive customer information can harm businesses by impacting customer trust or even opening your business up to lawsuits. This FTC resource provides information about the steps businesses can take to avoid security breaches in order to protect sensitive customer data.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Protecting Your Child's Personal Information at School
In the wrong hands, the personal information on school forms can be used to commit fraud in your child's name — to apply for government benefits, open credit card accounts, or apply for a loan. This site provides information on how you can help protect your child's identity.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Sample Letters and Forms for Victims of Identity Theft
These sample letters and forms can help identity theft victims exercise their rights, like requesting action from the credit reporting companies and businesses where the thief opened new accounts or tampered with existing ones.

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
Through cooperation and partnerships, FinCEN combats money laundering domestically and internationally.

Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF)
Created in 2009 to hold accountable those who helped bring about the last financial crisis and to prevent another crisis from happening, FFETF is made up of Federal agencies, US Attorneys Offices and state/local partners working to combat financial fraud.

How to Use an Identity Theft Affidavit
This site provides frequently asked questions and answers about an identity theft affidavit, which is the primary tool for proving your innocence to creditors and other entities where a thief has committed fraud in your name.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Identity Protection
An identity thief may use your Social Security number for employment which will cause the employer to use your Social Security number to report income earned. Thieves may also file a false tax return in order claim a tax refund. This section of the IRS site provides information on the steps the agency is taking combat identity theft and protect taxpayers. If you believe you may have tax issues as a result of identity theft, contact the IRS Identity Protection Unit at 1-800-908-4490

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
IC3 allows users to file complaints online. Its Web site also offers statistics, scam alerts, and fraud prevention tips. The program is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
NCEA is a resource for public and private agencies, professionals, service providers, and individuals interested in elder abuse prevention information, training, technical assistance, and research.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.

National Do Not Call Registry
The National Do Not Call Registry gives allows you to prevent telemarketers from calling your home with unsolicited offers.

National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN): My Information Has Been Used to Open New Accounts
This site provides seven practical steps that victims can take if their personal information has been stolen and used to open new accounts.

NCJRS: Elder Abuse Special Feature
To address the need for resources and strategies related to elder abuse, NCJRS presents this compilation of publications and related materials focusing abuse by caregivers, domestic violence, fraud and financial abuse, along with additional information and resources.

NCJRS: Fraud Awareness Special Feature
In an effort to educate businesses and the public about the growing impact of fraud, as well as to promote basic steps that can be taken to recognize, report, and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of fraudulent activities, NCJRS presents this online compilation of resources addressing the topic.

NCJRS: Internet Safety Special Feature
The NCJRS Internet Safety Special Feature presents a compilation of resources on internet safety for children and consumers, internet privacy, and cyberbullying.

Social Security Administration: Office of the Inspector General
Among its responsibilities, this office is tasked to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in Social Security Administration programs and operations. The office operates a fraud hotline where you can report suspected cases of fraud, waste, and abuse.

U.S. Administration on Aging
This agency promotes the well-being of older individuals - including protection from elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation - by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Health Information Privacy
You have the right to examine your medical records for accuracy from your medical and pharmacy providers. If your request to review your medical records is refused, you may submit a complaint through with HHS.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Antitrust Division
The mission of the Antitrust Division is to promote economic competition through enforcing and providing guidance on antitrust laws and principles.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Fraud Section
The Identity Theft and Fraud pages provide information about identity theft and fraud, what to do if you are a victim, and updates on DOJ responses to identity theft and fraud.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is responsible for investigating fraudulent use the U.S. Mail and postal system. Victims of mail crime, including identity theft, fraud and mail theft, can file a report with this office.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service: Identity Theft
The Identity Theft pages provide consumer tips, instructions on how to get off mailing lists and how to report unsolicited e-mail ("spam"), and links to information about identity theft and fraud.

U.S. Secret Service: Criminal Investigations
The Secret Service investigates crimes associated with financial institutions, including bank fraud, access device fraud, telecommunications and computer crimes, fraudulent government and commercial securities, and electronic funds transfer fraud.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): Money
AARP provides information about identity theft and how to protect yourself from it.

Anti-Phishing Working Group
APWG is focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
ACFE is an anti-fraud organization and provider of anti-fraud training and education.

Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP)
CIMIP is a research collaborative dedicated to furthering a national research agenda on identity management, information sharing, and data protection.

Child Identity Theft Tools and Resources
Child identity theft can be a devastating event for young people and their families. Until recently, little was known about the scope and consequences of the crime. On February 4, 2013, the Identity Theft Assistance Center hosted a forum to discuss the unique challenges surrounding child identity theft. Participants learned about the latest research, laws, consumer tools, pilot projects, and consumer education efforts on child identity theft. This Web site provides a recording of the Forum, as well as materials and information from participants.

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud: Links
This section of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud is a portal to access a variety of sites related to insurance fraud.

Equifax
Equifax is one of the three major credit bureaus along with Experian and TransUnion. Victims of identity theft and individuals who suspect they might be victims can contact the Equifax fraud department to place a fraud alert on their credit report.

Equifax: Minor Child Credit Warning
This site provides information about how parents/guardians can check the Equifax credit file of a minor child.

Equifax: Minor's Credit
This site provides advice on how to manage a child's credit, including what to do if you think your child may be an identity theft victim.

Experian
Experian is one of the three major credit bureaus along with Equifax and TransUnion. Victims of identity theft and individuals who suspect they might be victims can contact the Experian fraud department to place a fraud alert on their credit report.

Experian information and Instructions for Minor Child Credit Check
This site provides information about how parents/guardians can check the Experian credit file of a minor child.

Identity Theft Assistance Center (ITAC)
ITAC is a consumer advocate on identity fraud and the financial services industry's identity management solution center. ITAC offers free victim assistance through its membership to customers who suspect they are victims of identity theft. ITAC reduces the customer's delay and frustration by giving them a single point of contact to resolve their case.

Identity Theft Resource Center
ITRC is a nonprofit consumer information, research, and advocacy organization that offers public education, prevention tips, victim information guides, and other resources, including: Identity Theft: Stolen Futures-an educational program to teach defensive identity theft consumer behavior for teens. A short and engaging video about identity theft is available in multiple formats in the Teen Space.

Identity Theft Resource Center: Organizing Your Case
This site provides information about how identity theft victims can be effectively organize their case.

National Association of Attorneys General
NAAG’s mission is to facilitate interaction among Attorneys General as peers and to facilitate the enhanced performance of Attorneys General and their staffs. This organization also hosts the supervises the activities of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units which serves as a forum for the nationwide sharing of information concerning the problems of Medicaid fraud control.

National Check Fraud Center
The center provides assistance, information, and crime reporting information for counterfeit checks, forgery, check fraud, bank fraud, and white collar crimes.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
NCADV is a grassroots membership organization providing technical assistance, networking, and support to programs and state coalitions serving battered women and their children. It also provides information and referrals to the general public and the media.

National Council on Aging: Savvy Saving Seniors
This site provides seniors with information on how to budget, avoid scams, apply for benefits, and manage prepaid debit cards which can help them stay secure and independent longer.

National Fraud Information Center
The National Fraud Information Center provides a toll-free hotline for consumers to get advice about telephone or e-mail solicitations and report possible telemarketing or Internet fraud to law enforcement agencies.

Opt Out Prescreen
Register with this Web site to stop unsolicited credit or insurance offers. You may also call 1-888-567-8688.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
The clearinghouse provides identity theft resources, consumer information, publications, and advocacy.

State Attorney Generals Office Contact Information
This section of the National Association of Attorneys General Web site provides contact information for the attorney general of each state/territory in the U.S.

State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs)
State PIRGs are locally based organizations that fight threats to public health and well-being through investigative research, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and litigation.

Stop Atlanta Fraud Empower (SAFE)
SAFE is a public outreach campaign providing education, advocacy, and training to reduce fraud victimization among residents of Atlanta, Georgia. Services include: 1. Help and referral assistance via the SAFE helpline at 404-588-4740. 2. A consumer advocate to assist victims of identity theft and bank fraud file complaints with the appropriate agencies. 3. Advocacy and assistance correcting credit reports. 4. Outreach and training targeting local groups and law enforcement. SAFE is a program of the nonprofit Atlanta Victim Assistance Inc., supported by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

TransUnion
TransUnion is one of the three major credit bureaus along with Equifax and Experian. Victims of identity theft and individuals who suspect they might be victims can contact the TransUnion fraud department to place a fraud alert on their credit report.

Transunion: Child Identity Theft
This site provides information about how parents/guardians can check the Transunion credit file of a minor child.

Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy, and Restoration of the Southwest (VICARS)
VICARS provides direct legal assistance to victims of identity theft and financial fraud in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma and helps crime victims: re-acquire their identity, restore their credit, recoup their losses, regain control over their finances. This site offers a victim's toolkit and program resources.

When Your Child's Identity is Stolen
This site provides information on how to protect your child's identity, provides information on signs that your child's identity may have been stolen, and what to do if your child is an identity theft victim.

World Privacy Forum: A Patient's Guide to HIPAA
The purpose of this site is to help patients understand health privacy laws.

World Privacy Forum: Medical Identity Theft
Medical identity theft occurs when a thief gains access to your name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with your insurance provider, or get other care. This site provides information on this crime and the steps victims can take to recover from this crime.

World Privacy Forum: Medical Identity Theft, Mapped by City
This interactive map highlights the location of medical identity theft complaints in the U.S.

OVC-Funded Resources

Identity Theft Victim Assistance Network Project
The Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC), with funding from OVC, this project seeks to improve the response (infrastructure, training, outreach tools, and direct victim assistance services) to victims of identity theft nationwide.

Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft
OVC and the Federal Trade Commission held a forum in 2011 to discuss child identity theft. Read transcripts from forum sessions which explored the nature of child identity theft - including foster care identity theft and identity theft within families - with the goal of advising parents and victims on how to prevent the crime and how to resolve child identity theft problems.

Federal Resources

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Managing Someone Else's Money
This site provides advice to help financial caregivers manage the financial decisions of a loved one, provides information on how to watch out for scams and financial exploitation, and what to do if your loved one is a victim.

Elder Justice Initiative
This site serves as a resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families, practitioners who serve them, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, and researchers seeking to understand and address this silent epidemic plaguing our nation's elders. Victims and family members will find information about how to report and get assistance for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC is the U.S. Government's central Web site for information about identity theft includes government reports and Congressional testimony, law enforcement updates, and consumer alerts. Victims of identity theft will find useful information provides information on how to report identity theft and steps to protect their credit.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): A Guide to Protecting Foster Kids' Credit
This guide provides a step-by-step instructions to implement the federal mandated credit check requirement for adults who work with youth in foster care that are 16 and older in order to identify and fix any inaccuracies in their credit history.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Ask a Business to Block Information on Your Existing Account
This sample letter will help you ask a business to block information on your existing account. This means a business must stop reporting the fraudulent information to the credit reporting companies.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Ask Credit Reporting Companies to Remove Fraudulent Errors on Your Credit Report
This sample letter will help identity theft victims ask credit reporting companies to remove fraudulent errors on their credit report.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Extended Fraud Alerts and Credit Freezes
Victims of identity theft may want to place an extended fraud alert or a credit freeze on their credit file. This site provides information on both extended fraud alerts and credit freezes, along with the steps victims can take to implement them.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Identity Theft
This section of the FTC Web site provides general information about identity theft, tips on how to protect your identity, the and steps to take if your identity has been stolen.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Protecting Personal Information -- A Guide for Business
The loss of sensitive customer information can harm businesses by impacting customer trust or even opening your business up to lawsuits. This FTC resource provides information about the steps businesses can take to avoid security breaches in order to protect sensitive customer data.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Protecting Your Child's Personal Information at School
In the wrong hands, the personal information on school forms can be used to commit fraud in your child's name — to apply for government benefits, open credit card accounts, or apply for a loan. This site provides information on how you can help protect your child's identity.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Sample Letters and Forms for Victims of Identity Theft
These sample letters and forms can help identity theft victims exercise their rights, like requesting action from the credit reporting companies and businesses where the thief opened new accounts or tampered with existing ones.

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
Through cooperation and partnerships, FinCEN combats money laundering domestically and internationally.

Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF)
Created in 2009 to hold accountable those who helped bring about the last financial crisis and to prevent another crisis from happening, FFETF is made up of Federal agencies, US Attorneys Offices and state/local partners working to combat financial fraud.

How to Use an Identity Theft Affidavit
This site provides frequently asked questions and answers about an identity theft affidavit, which is the primary tool for proving your innocence to creditors and other entities where a thief has committed fraud in your name.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Identity Protection
An identity thief may use your Social Security number for employment which will cause the employer to use your Social Security number to report income earned. Thieves may also file a false tax return in order claim a tax refund. This section of the IRS site provides information on the steps the agency is taking combat identity theft and protect taxpayers. If you believe you may have tax issues as a result of identity theft, contact the IRS Identity Protection Unit at 1-800-908-4490

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
IC3 allows users to file complaints online. Its Web site also offers statistics, scam alerts, and fraud prevention tips. The program is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
NCEA is a resource for public and private agencies, professionals, service providers, and individuals interested in elder abuse prevention information, training, technical assistance, and research.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.

National Do Not Call Registry
The National Do Not Call Registry gives allows you to prevent telemarketers from calling your home with unsolicited offers.

National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN): My Information Has Been Used to Open New Accounts
This site provides seven practical steps that victims can take if their personal information has been stolen and used to open new accounts.

NCJRS: Elder Abuse Special Feature
To address the need for resources and strategies related to elder abuse, NCJRS presents this compilation of publications and related materials focusing abuse by caregivers, domestic violence, fraud and financial abuse, along with additional information and resources.

NCJRS: Fraud Awareness Special Feature
In an effort to educate businesses and the public about the growing impact of fraud, as well as to promote basic steps that can be taken to recognize, report, and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of fraudulent activities, NCJRS presents this online compilation of resources addressing the topic.

NCJRS: Internet Safety Special Feature
The NCJRS Internet Safety Special Feature presents a compilation of resources on internet safety for children and consumers, internet privacy, and cyberbullying.

Social Security Administration: Office of the Inspector General
Among its responsibilities, this office is tasked to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in Social Security Administration programs and operations. The office operates a fraud hotline where you can report suspected cases of fraud, waste, and abuse.

U.S. Administration on Aging
This agency promotes the well-being of older individuals - including protection from elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation - by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Health Information Privacy
You have the right to examine your medical records for accuracy from your medical and pharmacy providers. If your request to review your medical records is refused, you may submit a complaint through with HHS.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Antitrust Division
The mission of the Antitrust Division is to promote economic competition through enforcing and providing guidance on antitrust laws and principles.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Fraud Section
The Identity Theft and Fraud pages provide information about identity theft and fraud, what to do if you are a victim, and updates on DOJ responses to identity theft and fraud.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is responsible for investigating fraudulent use the U.S. Mail and postal system. Victims of mail crime, including identity theft, fraud and mail theft, can file a report with this office.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service: Identity Theft
The Identity Theft pages provide consumer tips, instructions on how to get off mailing lists and how to report unsolicited e-mail ("spam"), and links to information about identity theft and fraud.

U.S. Secret Service: Criminal Investigations
The Secret Service investigates crimes associated with financial institutions, including bank fraud, access device fraud, telecommunications and computer crimes, fraudulent government and commercial securities, and electronic funds transfer fraud.

Non-Governmental Resources

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): Money

AARP provides information about identity theft and how to protect yourself from it.

Anti-Phishing Working Group

APWG is focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

ACFE is an anti-fraud organization and provider of anti-fraud training and education.

Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP)

CIMIP is a research collaborative dedicated to furthering a national research agenda on identity management, information sharing, and data protection.

Child Identity Theft Tools and Resources

Child identity theft can be a devastating event for young people and their families. Until recently, little was known about the scope and consequences of the crime. On February 4, 2013, the Identity Theft Assistance Center hosted a forum to discuss the unique challenges surrounding child identity theft. Participants learned about the latest research, laws, consumer tools, pilot projects, and consumer education efforts on child identity theft. This Web site provides a recording of the Forum, as well as materials and information from participants.

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud: Links

This section of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud is a portal to access a variety of sites related to insurance fraud.

Equifax

Equifax is one of the three major credit bureaus along with Experian and TransUnion. Victims of identity theft and individuals who suspect they might be victims can contact the Equifax fraud department to place a fraud alert on their credit report.

Equifax: Minor Child Credit Warning

This site provides information about how parents/guardians can check the Equifax credit file of a minor child.

Equifax: Minor's Credit

This site provides advice on how to manage a child's credit, including what to do if you think your child may be an identity theft victim.

Experian

Experian is one of the three major credit bureaus along with Equifax and TransUnion. Victims of identity theft and individuals who suspect they might be victims can contact the Experian fraud department to place a fraud alert on their credit report.

Experian information and Instructions for Minor Child Credit Check

This site provides information about how parents/guardians can check the Experian credit file of a minor child.

Identity Theft Assistance Center (ITAC)

ITAC is a consumer advocate on identity fraud and the financial services industry's identity management solution center. ITAC offers free victim assistance through its membership to customers who suspect they are victims of identity theft. ITAC reduces the customer's delay and frustration by giving them a single point of contact to resolve their case.

Identity Theft Resource Center

ITRC is a nonprofit consumer information, research, and advocacy organization that offers public education, prevention tips, victim information guides, and other resources, including: Identity Theft: Stolen Futures-an educational program to teach defensive identity theft consumer behavior for teens. A short and engaging video about identity theft is available in multiple formats in the Teen Space.

Identity Theft Resource Center: Organizing Your Case

This site provides information about how identity theft victims can be effectively organize their case.

National Association of Attorneys General

NAAG’s mission is to facilitate interaction among Attorneys General as peers and to facilitate the enhanced performance of Attorneys General and their staffs. This organization also hosts the supervises the activities of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units which serves as a forum for the nationwide sharing of information concerning the problems of Medicaid fraud control.

National Check Fraud Center

The center provides assistance, information, and crime reporting information for counterfeit checks, forgery, check fraud, bank fraud, and white collar crimes.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

NCADV is a grassroots membership organization providing technical assistance, networking, and support to programs and state coalitions serving battered women and their children. It also provides information and referrals to the general public and the media.

National Council on Aging: Savvy Saving Seniors

This site provides seniors with information on how to budget, avoid scams, apply for benefits, and manage prepaid debit cards which can help them stay secure and independent longer.

National Fraud Information Center

The National Fraud Information Center provides a toll-free hotline for consumers to get advice about telephone or e-mail solicitations and report possible telemarketing or Internet fraud to law enforcement agencies.

Opt Out Prescreen

Register with this Web site to stop unsolicited credit or insurance offers. You may also call 1-888-567-8688.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

The clearinghouse provides identity theft resources, consumer information, publications, and advocacy.

State Attorney Generals Office Contact Information

This section of the National Association of Attorneys General Web site provides contact information for the attorney general of each state/territory in the U.S.

State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs)

State PIRGs are locally based organizations that fight threats to public health and well-being through investigative research, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and litigation.

Stop Atlanta Fraud Empower (SAFE)

SAFE is a public outreach campaign providing education, advocacy, and training to reduce fraud victimization among residents of Atlanta, Georgia. Services include: 1. Help and referral assistance via the SAFE helpline at 404-588-4740. 2. A consumer advocate to assist victims of identity theft and bank fraud file complaints with the appropriate agencies. 3. Advocacy and assistance correcting credit reports. 4. Outreach and training targeting local groups and law enforcement. SAFE is a program of the nonprofit Atlanta Victim Assistance Inc., supported by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

TransUnion

TransUnion is one of the three major credit bureaus along with Equifax and Experian. Victims of identity theft and individuals who suspect they might be victims can contact the TransUnion fraud department to place a fraud alert on their credit report.

Transunion: Child Identity Theft

This site provides information about how parents/guardians can check the Transunion credit file of a minor child.

Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy, and Restoration of the Southwest (VICARS)

VICARS provides direct legal assistance to victims of identity theft and financial fraud in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma and helps crime victims: re-acquire their identity, restore their credit, recoup their losses, regain control over their finances. This site offers a victim's toolkit and program resources.

When Your Child's Identity is Stolen

This site provides information on how to protect your child's identity, provides information on signs that your child's identity may have been stolen, and what to do if your child is an identity theft victim.

World Privacy Forum: A Patient's Guide to HIPAA

The purpose of this site is to help patients understand health privacy laws.

World Privacy Forum: Medical Identity Theft

Medical identity theft occurs when a thief gains access to your name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with your insurance provider, or get other care. This site provides information on this crime and the steps victims can take to recover from this crime.

World Privacy Forum: Medical Identity Theft, Mapped by City

This interactive map highlights the location of medical identity theft complaints in the U.S.
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