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<p>The '''Federal Trade Commission''' has established 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338), a toll-free number, to help battle identity theft, a growing crime in which criminals steal money or commit other crimes while posing as someone else.</p><br>
<p>The '''Federal Trade Commission''' has established 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338), a toll-free number, to help battle identity theft, a growing crime in which criminals steal money or commit other crimes while posing as someone else.</p><br>
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<p>A 1998 law making ID theft a federal crime and mandates that the FTC become the consumer's first line of defense. By calling the FTC's toll-free number, you can report the crime, get advice about minimizing damage and restoring your good name, or find out about preventative steps to take to keep you from becoming a victim. The FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems; filing your complaint with FTC can help in the investigation of this kind of fraud. This same service is available online at FTC's website:</p>  [http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/ '''www.ftc.gov''']<br>
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<p>A 1998 law making ID theft a federal crime, and mandates that the FTC become the consumer's first line of defense. By calling the FTC's toll-free number, you can report the crime, get advice about minimizing damage and restoring your good name, or find out about preventative steps to take to keep you from becoming a victim. The FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems; filing your complaint with FTC can help in the investigation of this kind of fraud. This same service is available online at FTC's website:</p>  [http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/ '''www.ftc.gov''']<br>
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<p>The [http://www.oag.ca.gov/privacy/ '''Department of Justice Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit]''' enforces state and federal privacy laws; empowers Californians by showing how to better control personal information when using innovative technologies; promotes smart online behavior by offering timely resources for consumers, parents, and educators; works with companies on privacy trends and offers best practice guidance; advises the Attorney General on privacy matters.</p>
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">Department of Justice Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
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PO Box 944255<br>
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Sacramento, CA  94244-2550<br>
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(800) 952-5225 CA Callers<br> 
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(916) 322-3360 Out of State<br>
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(916) 323-5341 Fax<br>
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[http://www.oag.ca.gov/privacy/ '''www.oag.ca.gov/privacy''']<br>
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<p>The Department of Consumer Affairs, [http://www.privacy.ca.gov/ '''Office of Privacy Protection]''' serves as a statewide resource for consumer information and sources of assistance on identity theft and other privacy issues.</p>
 
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">Office of Privacy Protection</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
 
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1625 N. Market Blvd. Suite N324<br>
 
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[http://www.privacy.ca.gov/ '''www.privacy.ca.gov''']<br>
 
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<p>The [http://www.privacyrights.org/ '''Privacy Rights Clearinghouse]''' is a non-profit consumer organization that focuses on protecting privacy. It provides helpful fact sheets on identity theft and other privacy issues. Its web site contains many publications from preventative measures through organizing your case for court and setting up a victims support group.</p>  
<p>The [http://www.privacyrights.org/ '''Privacy Rights Clearinghouse]''' is a non-profit consumer organization that focuses on protecting privacy. It provides helpful fact sheets on identity theft and other privacy issues. Its web site contains many publications from preventative measures through organizing your case for court and setting up a victims support group.</p>  
'''<font color="#4AA02C">Privacy Rights Clearinghouse</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
'''<font color="#4AA02C">Privacy Rights Clearinghouse</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
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3100 - 5th Avenue, Suite B
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3108 - 5th Avenue, Suite A<br>
San Diego, CA 92103<br>
San Diego, CA 92103<br>
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PO Box 26833<br>
PO Box 26833<br>
San Diego, CA<br>
San Diego, CA<br>
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[http://www.idtheftcenter.org/ '''www.idtheftcenter.org''']<br>   
[http://www.idtheftcenter.org/ '''www.idtheftcenter.org''']<br>   
Email - itrc@idtheftcenter.org<br>  
Email - itrc@idtheftcenter.org<br>  
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<p>The [http://www.calpirg.org/ '''California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG)]''' is a non-profit organization that has materials on privacy issues including Identity Theft on its web site.</p>
<p>The [http://www.calpirg.org/ '''California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG)]''' is a non-profit organization that has materials on privacy issues including Identity Theft on its web site.</p>
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'''California Public Interests Research Group'''<br>
[http://www.calpirg.org/ '''www.calpirg.org''']<br>
[http://www.calpirg.org/ '''www.calpirg.org''']<br>
   
   
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<p>'''Publications available:''' Office of Privacy Protection Consumer Information Sheets
 
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                                            Office of Privacy Protection Publications
 
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[[Cellular Phones|Cellular Phones]]<br>
 
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[[Computers (Privacy Rights)|Computers (Privacy Rights)]]<br>
 
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[[Computer Fraud/Privacy Rights, Etc.|Computer Fraud/Privacy Rights, Etc.]]<br>
 
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[[Check Payments (Privacy Rights)|Check Payments (Privacy Rights)]]<br>
 
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[[Credit Card/Transaction Privacy|Credit Card/Transaction Privacy]]<br>
 
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[[Medical Records (Privacy)|Medical Records (Privacy)]]<br>
 
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[[Privacy Protection, Office of Records|Privacy Protection, Office of Records]]<br>
 
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IDENTITY THEFT

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The Federal Trade Commission has established 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338), a toll-free number, to help battle identity theft, a growing crime in which criminals steal money or commit other crimes while posing as someone else.


A 1998 law making ID theft a federal crime, and mandates that the FTC become the consumer's first line of defense. By calling the FTC's toll-free number, you can report the crime, get advice about minimizing damage and restoring your good name, or find out about preventative steps to take to keep you from becoming a victim. The FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems; filing your complaint with FTC can help in the investigation of this kind of fraud. This same service is available online at FTC's website:

www.ftc.gov


The Department of Justice Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit enforces state and federal privacy laws; empowers Californians by showing how to better control personal information when using innovative technologies; promotes smart online behavior by offering timely resources for consumers, parents, and educators; works with companies on privacy trends and offers best practice guidance; advises the Attorney General on privacy matters.

Department of Justice Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit
PO Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
(800) 952-5225 CA Callers
(916) 322-3360 Out of State
(916) 323-5341 Fax
www.oag.ca.gov/privacy


The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a non-profit consumer organization that focuses on protecting privacy. It provides helpful fact sheets on identity theft and other privacy issues. Its web site contains many publications from preventative measures through organizing your case for court and setting up a victims support group.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
3108 - 5th Avenue, Suite A
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-3396
(619) 298-5681 Fax
www.privacyrights.org


The Identity Theft Resource Center is a non-profit consumer organization affiliated with the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. It provides helpful fact sheets on victim's financial and criminal identify theft.

Identity Theft Resource Center
PO Box 26833
San Diego, CA
(888) 400-5530
www.idtheftcenter.org
Email - itrc@idtheftcenter.org


The California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) is a non-profit organization that has materials on privacy issues including Identity Theft on its web site.

California Public Interests Research Group
www.calpirg.org


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