Recovering from Identity Theft

Posted on October 9th, 2016

At a recent cyber-crime keynote, I held a 30 minute Q & A session with the audience. The question that sparked the most conversation was “What should I do the moment I find out I am the victim of identity theft?” There are millions of new victims of the identity theft every year. From stolen credit cards to fraudulently filed tax returns, a large portion of U.S. citizens are 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 at IdentityTheft.gov.

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

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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.

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