Help For Identity Theft Victims

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Identity theft is increasing at rapid pace. It’s become so prevalent that for the last twelve years it’s been the number one complaint consumers file with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It’s no wonder the numbers of incidents are growing each year. In 2011 (the most recent year that has reporting data available), identity fraud grew over ten percent.

With the amount of personally identifiable information (PII) being kept electronically, subject to hackers, as well as the old fashioned ways of obtaining sensitive data, it’s no wonder that identity theft reports are on the rise. There are things that you can do to help protect yourself and your identity. You can enroll in a credit monitoring program to ensure you stay up to date on any changes to your credit history; you can purchase identity theft protection to keep a close watch on your information; and you can also use resources available from the Federal government, such as this video from the FTC.

Comments

  1. Franklin Evan says

    apparently some one used my name and my bank account to get a loan without my permission and this happened back in the year of 2009 . Well for some reason the person used my address and my name to get that loan now creditors are asking me to pay back the money from that loan and they are going to put me in court for not paying for a loan that i did not do!!

    • says

      We’re sorry to hear that this has happened to you. We hope that this is resolved soon and that you get your identity back intact.