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
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
3033 5th Ave., Ste. #223
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-5681 Fax
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
9672 Via Excelencia, Suite 101
San Diego, CA 92126
Email - firstname.lastname@example.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