Helps You Report and Recover from Identity Theft | Federal Trade Commission

Is someone using your personal information to open new accounts, make purchases or get benefits? Report it at and get a free personal recovery plan. ( --------------------------------- Transcript: In today's connected world, personal information sometimes falls into the wrong hands. And that can lead to identity theft. It might start with an unfamiliar charge on your credit card. A business might not accept your check. Or a debt collector might call you about a bill that isn't yours. You're not alone. Identity theft can happen to anyone. Stay calm. Visit to report it and get a personal recovery plan. helps you create an identity theft report. This report proves to businesses that someone stole your identity and it makes it easier to fix problems caused by identity theft. To create an identity theft report, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. guides you through each step of the recovery process. You can generate the letters and forms you need. Track your progress. And keep detailed records of people you've talked to. No matter what your identity theft situation is, can help because recovering from identity theft is easier with a plan. ---------------------------------- The Federal Trade Commission deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers' interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies. Comment Moderation Policy We welcome your comments and thoughts about the information on this page. If you do have something to say, please be courteous and respectful to other commenters. We won't routinely review any comments before they are posted (except for ones that contain urls and profanity), but we will delete any comments that: 1) contain spam or are off-topic 2) use vulgar language or offensive terms that target specific groups or contain personal attacks 3) are sales pitches or promotions 4) have urls or links to commercial sites 4) spread clearly misleading or false information or 5) include personal information, like home addresses

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