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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 Consumer Affairs, Office of Privacy Protection serves as a statewide resource for consumer information and sources of assistance on identity theft and other privacy issues.

Office of Privacy Protection
915 Capitol Mall, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-1086
(866) 785-9663
(916) 653-3815 Fax
www.privacy.ca.gov


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
3100 - 5th Avenue, Suite B
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
(858) 693-7935
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


Publications available: Office of Privacy Protection Consumer Information Sheets (Available in Spanish and Chinese) Office of Privacy Protection Publications



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