There’s now a new way you can report and recover from identity theft. On Monday investigative reporter Christine Scarpelli exposed how South Carolina identity theft law lacks specifics and may be keeping you in the dark about your lost personal information.
Now the Federal Trade Commission is unveiling a new website to keep your identity safe. It tells victims what steps to take in the moments after identity theft happens.
You can see detailed advice and checklists at www.identitytheft.gov.
The site also helps you check to see if you’ve been a victim of identity theft without knowing it.
Federal officials said they created the site after receiving more than 300,000 complaints from id theft victims in 2014.
We’re still getting answers from South Carolina lawmakers about what more they’re doing to keep your identity safe.
More in a press release from the FTC here:
The Federal Trade Commission has launched IdentityTheft.gov, a new resource that makes it easier for identity theft victims to report and recover from identity theft. A Spanish version of the site is also available at RobodeIdentidad.gov.
The new website provides an interactive checklist that walks people through the recovery process and helps them understand which recovery steps should be taken upon learning their identity has been stolen. It also provides sample letters and other helpful resources.
In addition, the site offers specialized tips for specific forms of identity theft, including tax-related and medical identity theft. The site also has advice for people who have been notified that their personal information was exposed in a data breach.
Identity theft has been the top consumer complaint reported to the FTC for the past 15 years, and in 2014, the Commission received more than 330,000 complaints from consumers who were victims of identity theft.
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