FTC Launches Identity Theft Assistance Website
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a website to help victims of ID theft.
IdentiyTheft.gov provides an interactive checklist, sample letters and other materials that are intended to simplify the recovery process and help victims to understand which recovery steps should be taken as soon as they are alerted that their identity has been stolen.
The site also offers specialized tips for different forms of identity theft, including tax-related and medical identity theft, the FTC says in a statement.
According to the FTC, the site was developed as a response to the growing number of identity theft incidents reported to the agency each year.
While identity theft has always been a top consumer complaint reported to the Commission, in 2014 it received more than 330,000 reports from consumers who were victims of such incidents.