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What To Do If You’re A Victim of Identity Theft

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The immediate steps a victim should take to limit the damage caused by an identity thief.

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NARRATOR: What to do if you are a victim of identity theft?

If your identity’s been stolen, the FTC is the right place to learn how to set things straight. Here are 3 steps to take.

First, call one of the nationwide credit reporting companies. Ask them to put a fraud alert on your credit report. This means businesses must confirm that you are you before they extend credit in your name.

The alert is a roadblock in the path of an identity thief—and it’s just one phone call away.

Second, order free copies of your credit report from each of the nationwide credit reporting companies.

Third, complete the complaint form at ftc.gov/complaint.This creates an identity theft affidavit, which helps you file a police report.

Keep records of your calls and copies of your documents. You’ll use them later on.

For more tips and tools on dealing with identity theft, visit ftc.gov/idtheft. That’s ftc.gov slash ID Theft.