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Protect Your Credit and Identity

 

These websites provide information on steps you can take to protect your credit and identity.

 

Federal Trade Commission  

This site provides a document titled ID Theft: When Bad Things Happen To Your Good Name that includes information on steps to follow if you are a victim of identity theft.

 

Steps to Follow If You Are a Victim

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/tools.html

 

Government Identify Theft Site

http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft/

 

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

A nonprofit consumer organization with a two-part mission to empower and raise awareness of consumer information privacy issues and consumer advocacy.

http://www.privacyrights.org

 

Social Security Administration

http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/78

The Social Security Administration is the government agency responsible for issuing and managing SSNs. The agency's official site walks you through who to contact, when, and why. It also links to two useful fact sheets:

 

Fact Sheet: When Someone Misuses Your Number (05-10064)

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10064.html

 

Fact Sheet: Social Security-Your Number and Card (05-10002)

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10002.html