Recovering from Identity Theft

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There are now millions of victims of the identity theft epidemic. From stolen credit cards to fraudulently filed tax returns, a vast swath of the U.S. is trying to figure out how to repair the damage. To help, the Federal Trade Commission has created a nice tool to work through the recovery process.

The site: IdentityTheft.gov

Caution: Do not confuse this site with IdentityTheft.com or .org

The Process: The site will walk you through a step-by-step approach to report and repair your damage. There are different paths depending on the type of identity theft you have been subjected to.

Here is a snapshot of the Federal Trade Commission’s recovery process.

identity theft recovery process

Everyone should review the site. Even if you are not currently a victim of identity theft, spend a few minutes reviewing the site. A review now can help you become more aware of the problem and help you understand what immediate steps you should take if this happens to you.