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Identity Theft

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   FTC Complaint Assistant (Federal Trade Commission)
"The Federal Trade Commission ... collects complaints about companies, business practices, identity theft, and episodes of violence in the media.

... "Your complaints can help us detect patterns of wrong-doing, and lead to investigations and prosecutions. ... The FTC does not resolve individual consumer complaints."

   FTC National Resource for Identity Theft (Federal Trade Commission)
"Identity theft occurs when somone uses your personal information such as your name, Social Security number, credit card number or other identifying information, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.

If you think your identify has been stolen, here's what to do now..."

   Identity Theft Affidavit (Federal Trade Commission)
"A group of credit grantors, consumer advocates, and attorneys at the Federal Trade Commission developed an ID Theft Affidavit to make it easier for fraud victims to report information. ... Before you send the affidavit, contact each company to find out if they accept it." 7 pages (with instructions).
   National and State Trends in Fraud & Identity Theft January - December 2003 (January 22, 2004) (Federal Trade Commission)
"Between January and December 2003, Consumer Sentinel, the complaint database developed and maintained by the FTC, received over half of a million consumer fraud and identity theft complaints. Consumers reported losses from fraud of more than $400 million. The reports in this booklet analyze those complaints."
   Sample Letter of Complaint to a Company Using A Social Security Number to Identify a Customer (Delaware Office of Attorney General)

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