The Essential Identity Theft Resources
General Identity Theft Information
U.S. Department of Justice: Identity Theft and Identity Fraud: This federal website is an excellent general resource for identity theft information and what it means for you. Several useful warnings and federal response facts are provided.
NSF: Identity Theft: What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?: This little handout from the NSF is designed to be quickly digested. It is made of useful bullet point lists for acquainting yourself with identity theft and its primary causes.
Missouri Government: Identity Theft: The Missouri Attorney General’s website has an excellent little FAQ about identity theft and many of its terms.
University of Oklahoma: ID Theft: Many colleges have identity theft information sites to help coach students who are becoming financially independent. This Oklahoma resource includes many interesting facts about ID theft when it first became a widespread issue.
Microsoft Safety and Security Center: What is Identity Theft?: This brief explanation by Microsoft leads to links to terms or additional information you may be curious about.
University of Virginia: Identity Theft Info: Another college website, the UoV page includes basic information and bullet points for several easy ways to protect yourself from online theft.
Identity Theft Credit Fraud: What is Identity Theft?: This article shines a light on the general meanings grouped under “identity theft” and how it is accomplished. Several links lead to additional resources and a handy glossary.
Identity Theft Prevention
NCPC: Preventing Identity Theft: This National Crime Prevention publication may seem a little goofy, but it has excellent statistics and strong advice on preventing theft of personal information.
New York Times: Preventing Identity Theft Without Paying Monthly Fees: This article discusses fear-based marketing, identity protection programs that actually work, and how to prevent theft without being forced into a payment plan. Consider this must-read material before paying for any kind of protection.
New York Times: Steps to Prevent Identity Theft, and What to Do if It Happens: The NYT steps up again with this prevention information article. This largely bullet-point free article will help the more literary-minded.
BBB: Identity Theft Prevention, Information and Resources: This page has three links to prevention habits and privacy suggestions. The Better Business Bureau has information more oriented toward small business owners and employees than families.
NYC: Protect $ – Identity Theft: This New York City starting point provides access to general information and warnings. The passwords and PINs section is short but filled with excellent prevention points.
Kiplinger: Your ID-Theft Protection Kit: This article by personal finance publication Kiplinger focuses on the financial aspects of ID theft and how thieves target your accounts. But don’t worry – intermixed with the methods is a collection of advice on how to preserve your funds from identity theft.
Investopedia: How Seniors Can Fight Identity Theft: This article explores identity theft as it pertains to senior citizens. It offers practical advice for seniors who want to protect themselves in the modern world.
TopTenReviews: 2012 Best Identity Theft Protection Service Comparisons: If you are determined to purchase ID theft protection (or required to) this list by the dependable TopTenReviews breaks down major services by features and costs, saving you a lot of research time.
Identity Theft Response
FTC: Defend: Recover From Identity Theft: This professional response page has one of the best detailed lists of appropriate steps to take if you have been a victim of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission specializes in fighting this particular crime and organizing appropriate responses.
FTC: Taking Charge: It’s hard to go wrong with the FTC. This link is a publication you can print out and keep with you in a binder when you identity is stolen. It includes very detailed checklists for you to fill out and mark off as you complete the necessary steps. If a checklist makes you feel more positive and in control, you cannot skip this resource.
ID Theft Center: Identity Theft Resource Center: This nonprofit organization understands that panic sets in the moment you discover the theft. The center asks you to narrow down the type of theft, then provides you with a detailed response guide to keep matters clear.
FTC: Resources: At the bottom of this general info page is a list of resources that include letter templates, forms you can fill out, and legal notifications. These are invaluable if you are not say how to frame your response letters to banks or credit agencies.
Privacy Rights: Identity Theft: What to Do if It Happens to You: This list is detailed and very useful when it comes to a fast online response to identity theft. The tips on stress management and various types of ID theft are especially handy.
MYPHR: Medical Identity Theft Response Checklist for Consumers: This brief checklist focuses on medical identity theft and provides links to several other resources you can use to help salvage and protect your health records or medical bills.
Investopedia: Identity Theft: Who to Call for Help: This brief article is filled with phone numbers. If you want to talk to a real person ASAP, this resource may be just what you are linking for.
Identity Theft and Technology
The Wall Street Journal: Why Technology Won’t Prevent Identity Theft: This article serves as a wake-up call for those obsessed with the digital side of ID theft. There are many other methods people use to steal identities, and some are frighteningly effective.
Given Me Back My Credit: New study – Identity Theft Crimes Advance with Technology: this article pinpoints some of the key ways technology makes identity theft possible in today’s online world.
MSNBC: Beware Identity Theft While on Vacation: Technology becomes vital during vacations as people keep up with friends, monitoring work projects, and stay in touch with the wider world. But identity theft can be a greater danger on vacation than at home because of trust in this technology. MSNBC explores common issues related to vacations and digital identity theft.
Ritter Daniher Financial Advisory: 2012 Identity Theft Trend Predictions: Here are several of the latest ways thieves are using technology to trick and steal. It’s a frightening list, but filled with good points to keep in mind.
Inc.: How to Prevent Identity Theft in Your Business: This article offers several business solutions for protecting the identities of customers through strong IT development and security systems.
TechSavvy: 10 Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft: While many of these points reiterate theft prevention guidelines, they are geared toward an audience that spends a lot of time online and include unique tips for web surfing and social media use.