Identity theft is a growing problem in our country, and while there are millions of people victimized by the crime, perhaps more widespread than the number of actual identity thefts is the fear of being victimized by one. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, and as modes of communication and e-technology become more advanced by the day, the exposure of one’s personal information – whether a Social Security number, an address, or a password – can weigh heavy on the mind.
Many people over the course of the last decade have wisely heeded the advice of consumer advocates, legislators, and law enforcement agencies in taking steps to guard against having personal information stolen in the first place. Obviously, when you suspect that your personal information has been breached, guarding against fraud and protecting or repairing your credit is tantamount. The Federal Trade Commission website provides guidance on those fronts: www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft//. Other websites providing useful advice and resources for victims of personal information exposure or identity theft include www.idtheft.gov, www.idtheftcenter.org, and www.privacyrights.org.