Identity Theft Information Center

The top identity theft resources from ScamBusters.org -- helping people protect themselves from identity theft and other Internet scams since 1994


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Identity Theft Information Center!

Since identity theft has been #1 on our Top 10 List of the Worst Internet Scams for the past several years, we created this Identity Theft Info Center to help you prevent identity theft, and to help people who are identity theft victims learn the best practices for recovering from identity theft.

Chilling Identity Theft Facts

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Experts estimate that about 10 million people become victims each year. That means every minute, 19 people become new victims of identity fraud!

In fact, according to the US Department of Justice, drug trafficking is now being replaced by identity theft as the number one crime.

If you become a victim, it will probably take you hundreds of hours and an average of $1,000 to recover from ID theft. Even worse, some innocent victims have ended up in prison because identity thieves have committed crimes in their names.

That's why identity theft prevention is so important; we want to help you protect yourself from this nightmare.

However, if you have had the misfortune of becoming an identity theft victim, we have some excellent resources to help you recover.

ScamBusters.org Ten Most Popular Identity Theft Resources

Here is a list of our most popular identity theft articles to help you prevent and recover from identity theft:

  1. Understanding and Avoiding Identity Theft: A simple introduction to identity theft prevention.

  2. Surprising Facts About Identity Theft: Little-known identity theft facts everyone really should know.

  3. Credit Card Fraud: 21 tips to help you protect yourself from being a victim of credit card fraud and identity theft.

  4. What to Do if Your Credit Card or Wallet is Stolen: 5 simple steps to take when your credit card or wallet is stolen to avoid becoming an identity theft victim.

  5. Avoiding ID Theft (Identity Theft) at Work: 10 useful tips to help you avoid ID theft at work.

  6. MasterCard and Other Security Alerts: 7 specific things you can -- and should -- do to protect yourself from MasterCard and other credit card fraud and identity theft.

  7. Startling Facts About Identity Theft: Important things you probably don't know about identity theft when it's not for profit but just to get a job.

  8. The Jury Duty Scam: Why the jury duty scam is a dangerous -- and extremely effective -- identity theft scam almost no one knows about.

  9. Phishing Scams - How You Can Protect Yourself: Phishing scams are one major way identity thieves steal your personal information.

  10. NEW: The College Student's Guide to Identity Theft: What every college student must know about identity theft. Most college students (and their parents) have no idea what a huge problem identity theft is for college students. Check out this "must read" guide (and send the link to the college students in your life).

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