Identity Theft Victims' Resources
Knowing that someone else is using your identity is quite frightening and stressful to say the least. In our continued effort to help the community, we have gathered information of New York State, federal law enforcement Agencies, and private agencies that can help guide you through the process of recovering monetary losses you might have incurred, restore your credit rating, and more.
To know what steps to take if you suspect your identity is stolen click on this link: What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen
. The information in that section is an excerpt from Martin T. Biegelman’s book entitled Identity Theft Handbook: Detection, Prevention, and Security
, Chapter 20 “Preventing Identity Theft: 21 Rules You Must Use”, rule 21. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and reprinted with their permission. Copyright © 2009 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.
Local Law Enforcement Agencies
If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft, call your local law enforcement agency to file a complaint. It is important to obtain a police report number and/or a case number. Credit card companies, banks, and other agencies will be asking for a copy. In most instances, local law enforcement officers provide assistance clearing your name or they provide phone numbers or websites to visit that can assist you.
The U.S. Department of Justice division that supplies the links for resources for combating and reporting identity theft is the National Criminal Justice Resource Service (NCJRS). On their website, this organization provides resource information for twenty-five states. Click on this link to access their website http://www.ncjrs.gov/spotlight/identity_theft/programs.html
Other states can access their own Department of the State Attorney General website, which contain helpful links to information and state programs in fighting identity theft.
Federal agencies provide the most extensive amount of resources for victims of identity theft:
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – The FTC is the federal agency for identity theft complaints. Their site provides complaint forms, affidavit form, a sample letter to send to reporting companies, and victim’s rights information
Federal Trade Commission
Identity Theft Clearinghouse
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
- United States Department of Justice – This site provides prevention techniques, common scenarios, and resources for victims
U.S. Department of Justice
Criminal Division/Fraud Section
10th & Constitution Ave., NW
Bond Building, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20530
Main number: (202) 514-7023
Fax number: (202) 514-7021
- United States Postal Inspection Services – The Postal Inspector Division of the United States Postal Service also performs identity theft investigations. Their website contains an informative section for identity theft victims
Inspection Service Operations Support Group
Attn: Mail Fraud
222 S Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606-6100
- The United States Secret Service – This division is responsible for bank fraud, access device fraud involving credit and debit cards, telecommunications and computer crimes, fraudulent identification, fraudulent government and commercial securities, and electronic funds transfer fraud. Their website has useful information, telephone numbers, links, and complaint forms to complete if you are a victim of fraud.
U.S. Secret Service
245 Murray Drive,
Washington, DC 20223
- Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) – The IC3 is co-sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). Victims of identity theft can file complaints through their website. Once the complaint is processed, the IC3 may refer your case to federal, state, local or international law enforcement or regulatory agencies for possible investigation. It is recommended that aside from filing a complaint with the IC3, that you file a police complaint with your local law enforcement agency. It is very important for you to obtain a police report.
- Office to Victims of Crime – This site provides links to a multitude of additional websites where victims can get information, examine federal laws, or report a crime
- U.S. Department of Education (DOE) – Students may be particularly vulnerable to identity theft, and the use of fraudulent identities to obtain federal education money. The DOE has set up a website for those who suspect they are a victim of fraud.
Inspector General's Hotline
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1510
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – If you suspect that your identification has been used in a scheme in rental housing under HUD, this website contains useful information needed to file a complaint.
HUD OIG Hotline, GFI
451 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20410
Telephone: 1-800-347-3735 or
- U.S. Social Security Administration – This site contains useful information if you suspect your Social Security number has been used in identity theft.
Social Security Administration
SSA Fraud Hotline
P.O. Box 17768
Baltimore, MD 21235
- econsumer.gov – This is an agency that allows consumers to report fraud related problems with foreign companies. It is an initiative of The International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN), which is a network of governmental organizations involved in the enforcement of fair trade practice laws and other consumer protection activities. Complaints can be filed online.
Private Agencies and Advocacy Groups
- Identity Theft Resource Center – This is a nonprofit group for identity theft victim support and public awareness of identity theft crime.
P.O. Box 26833
San Diego, CA 92196
- Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – This is a nonprofit consumer information and advocacy program.
3100 - 5th Ave., Suite B
San Diego, CA 92103
- Victims Assistance of America, Inc. – These are non-profit advocates for victims of identity theft.
P.O. Box 33752
Washington, DC 20033
- Stay Safe Online – This is an educational website of the National Cyber Security Alliance; a government/private industry joint venture promoting cyber-security awareness and education.
- Retirement Living Identity Theft Protection Guide - The Identity Theft Protection Guide helps consumers determine the best identity theft protection service to fit their needs. The guide evaluates the best companies in the industry and answers frequently asked questions. It is helpful for all consumers, especially seniors and is available to use and share at no cost.
Identity Theft Protection Guide:
Credit Reporting Bureaus
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Fraud Victim Assistance Division
P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
This is the only official site available for consumers to request free credit reports
Other web sites offer a “free” credit report, but it is run by one of the credit bureaus. Consumers must purchase a credit monitoring service in order to receive the “free” credit report.