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 Consumer Information


Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, accounting for 43 percent of all complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission in 2002. The FTC also reported that it received 161,800 complaints of identity theft - up 88 percent from 86,200 the year before. Many believe that this is just a small fraction of the total number of victims. In 2002, Star Systems conducted a telephone survey that they believe indicates that as many as one in 20 adults, or 11.8 million Americans, have been victims of identity theft.

According to a May 2000 survey by CalPIRG and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the average consumer victim spends 175 hours and $800 resolving identity theft problems, and it takes two to four years for victims to clear up all the resulting problems. The sooner you take action to clear your records, the better. That's why it's important to order your credit reports regularly, at least once a year.

The information offered here is intended to help consumers take steps to reduce their risk of becoming victims of identity theft and to help victims take the actions necessary to resolve problems and recover their good names.

 

Top 10 Tips for Identity Theft Prevention
(Consumer Information Sheet 1)

 

Identity Theft Prevention Tips (Consumer Information Sheet 1) (PDF format)PDF (Format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher)

 

Identity Theft Prevention Tips (Consumer Information Sheet 1) (HTML format)HTML (Printer Friendly Version)

 

 

 

 

 

Identity Theft Victim Check List
(Consumer Information Sheet 3)

 

Identity Theft checklistPDF version (Format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher)

 

How to Use the California Identity Theft Registry - A Guide for Victims of "Criminal" Identity Theft (Consumer Information Sheet 8) RegistryHTML version

 

 

 

Your Social Security Number: Controlling the Key to Identity Theft (Consumer Information Sheet 4)

 

CIS 4 English PDFPDF version (Format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher)

 

CIS 4 English HTMLHTML (Printer Friendly Version)

 

 

 

How to Use the California Identity Theft Registry - A Guide for Victims of "Criminal" Identity Theft (Consumer Information Sheet 8)

 

How to Use the California Identity Theft Registry - A Guide for Victims of "Criminal" Identity Theft (Consumer Information Sheet 8)How to Use the California Identity Theft Registry - A Guide for Victims of "Criminal" Identity Theft - PDF version (Format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher)

 

How to Use the California Identity Theft Registry - A Guide for Victims of "Criminal" Identity Theft (Consumer Information Sheet 8) PetitionPetition Form - PDF version (Format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher)

 

How to Use the California Identity Theft Registry - A Guide for Victims of "Criminal" Identity Theft (Consumer Information Sheet 8) RegistryRegistry Forms - PDF version (Format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher)

 

 

 

Identity Theft Affidavit
(Federal Trade Commission)

 

Identity Theft Affidavit (Federal Trade Commission)http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/affidavit.pdf

 

 

 

Identity Theft Affidavit - Spanish
(Federal Trade Commission)

 

 

 

How to "Freeze" Your Credit Files (Consumer Information Sheet 10)

 

How to "Freeze" Your Credit FilesPDF version (Format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher)

 

How to Use the California Identity Theft Registry - A Guide for Victims of "Criminal" Identity Theft (Consumer Information Sheet 8) RegistryHTML version

 

 

 

Security Breach First Steps

 

Security Breach First Stepshttp://www.privacy.ca.gov/financial/sbfs021205.pdf

 

Security Breach First Stepshttp://www.privacy.ca.gov/financial/sbfs021205.htm - text

 

 

 

Los Primeros pasos de Infracción de Seguridad

 

Security Breach First Stepshttp://www.privacy.ca.gov/financial/sbfs090404sp.pdf

 

Security Breach First Stepshttp://www.privacy.ca.gov/financial/sbfs090404sp.htm

 

 

 

Process for Requesting Fraudulent Transaction or Account Information

 

Identity Theft: What To Do When It Happens To You (CalPIRG & Privacy Rights Clearinghouse)Process for Requesting Fraudulent Transaction or Account Information

 

(Fair Credit Reporting Act section 609(e), California Penal Code section 530.8, Financial Code sections 4002 and 22470, and Civil Code section 1748.95)

 

 

 

Identity Theft: What To Do When It Happens To You
(CalPIRG & Privacy Rights Clearinghouse)

 

Identity Theft: What To Do When It Happens To You (CalPIRG & Privacy Rights Clearinghouse)www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs17a.htm

 

 

 

General Guide for Victims of Identity Theft
(California Attorney General)

 

General Guide for Victims of Identity Theft (California Attorney General)www.caag.state.ca.us/idtheft/tips.htm

 

 

 

When Bad Things Happen to Your Good Name
(Federal Trade Commission)

 

When Bad Things Happen to Your Good Name (Federal Trade Commission)www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/idtheft.htm

 

 

 

Organizing Your Identity Theft Case
(
Identity Theft Resource Center)

 

Organizing Your Identity Theft Case (Identity Theft Resource Center)http://www.idtheftcenter.org/html/fs106.htm

 

 

 

Have You Been a Victim of Identity Theft? DMV Can Help (California Department of Motor Vehicles)

 

Have You Been a Victim of Identity Theft?  DMV Can Help (California Department of Motor Vehicles)www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl24.htm

 

 

 

Identity Theft (U.S. Postal Inspection Service)

 

Identity Theft (U.S. Postal Inspection Service)www.usps.com/websites/depart/inspect/fraud/IdentityTheft.htm

 

 

 

Forming an Identity Theft Victim Support Group

 

Identity Theft (U.S. Postal Inspection Service)www.idtheftcenter.org/html/17d.htm

 

 

 

Bankruptcy: U.S. Trustee Offices
For assistance with identity theft situations involving bankruptcies, contact a regional office of the U.S. Trustee.

 

Bankruptcy: U.S. Trustee Officeshttp://www.usdoj.gov/ust/ustofc.htm#CA-R15-SANDIEGO-UST

 

 

 

Policing Privacy: Law Enforcement's Response to Identity Theft (CALPIRG, 2003)

 

Policing Privacy: Law Enforcement's Response to Identity Theft (CALPIRG, 2003)http://www.calpirg.org/reports/policingprivacy2003.pdf

 

 

 

Nowhere to Turn: Victims Speak Out on Identity Theft (CALPIRG, 2000)

 

Nowhere to Turn: Victims Speak Out on Identity Theft (CALPIRG, 2000)www.calpirg.org/consumer/privacy/idtheft2000/idtheft2000.pdf

 

 

 

How Private Is My Credit Report? (Privacy Rights Clearinghouse)

 

Nowhere to Turn: Victims Speak Out on Identity Theft (CALPIRG, 2000)http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs6-crdt.htm

 

Remedying the Effects of Identity Theft

What To Do If Your Personal Information Has Been Compromised

How Not to Get Hooked
by a Phishing Scam


Information Compromise:  Business Guidance

ID Theft Affidavit

"Taking Charge" FTC document

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