Online Resources

In addition to the Federal Trade Commission, there are many other good sources of information about identity theft:

Better Business Bureau

Offers valuable reports and articles about new identity theft tactics and measures to protect yourself and your family.

Looks Too Good to Be

A site sponsored jointly by the federal government and private industry. It includes consumer alerts, new scams underway, reports of actual identity theft cases and other useful information.

Fight Identity Theft

Contains the latest news about identity theft and fraud, preventive strategies, online discussion forums and a great deal of practical information for consumers.

Call For Action, Inc. (CFA)

An international nonprofit network of consumer hotlines affiliated with local broadcast partners. Their services are free, confidential and available to individuals as well as small businesses.

With this site you can request your free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies. You are entitled by law to these free reports.

OnGuard Online

Provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help consumers guard against Internet fraud, secure their computers and protect personal information.

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

Is specifically devoted to “cyber crime,” including identity crimes carried out via the Internet. Sponsored by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, IC3 provides valuable alerts regarding the newest types of cyber crimes.