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Preventing Identity Theft and Fraud

In today’s high-tech, fast-paced society, identity theft is unfortunately becoming increasingly common. Available on my website are resources to assist constituents who believe that they may be victims of identity theft. My office can also provide information about steps that individuals can take to proactively protect themselves from identity theft and what can be done to protect your credit information from potentially fraudulent use.

If you require additional information or assistance, please feel free to contact my office toll-free at 1-888-909-RYAN (7926).


Websites

Deter, Detect, Defend, Avoid ID Theft
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides information to help you avoid identity theft, as well as detailed information about the actions you can take if your identity has been stolen or if you believe your personal information may have been compromised.

OnGuard Online
Practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Under the topic “Consumer Awareness,” you will find detailed information about identity theft involving the U.S. Mail, steps to take to protect yourself, and information regarding how to file a complaint.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is identity theft?

How can I prevent becoming a victim of identity theft and what steps can I take if I believe someone has accessed my personal information?

Where do I file my complaint if I believe I am the victim of identity theft?

How can I obtain a free copy of my credit report?

How can I obtain more information about identity theft?

Where can I find information about current and/or recent scams and warnings?