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U.S. Department of Justice

This site provides a wide range of basic information about identity fraud.

Federal Trade Commission

This is the main U.S. government site for identity theft information. You can also file an online report of identity theft.

Social Security Administration

This electronic fact sheet describes identity theft and links to other useful publications.

Fraud hotline: (800) 269-0271

This automated hotline provides answers to questions about identity theft in both English and Spanish, and you may speak to a representative in person.

U.S. Department of Education

(800) 872-5327
Students can learn how to protect themselves against identity theft at this site for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General.

Identity Theft Resource Center

(858) 693-7935
This nonprofit organization provides consumer alerts, scam warnings and instructions for victims of identity theft.

Privacy Rights Clearing House

(619) 298-3396
This nonprofit consumer information and advocacy organization offers fact sheets about privacy issues and identity theft.

Credit Reporting Agencies

Contact any of the following credit reporting agencies to place a fraud alert on your consumer credit file and to order a free copy of your credit report. You need only contact one of these agencies, which will automatically forward the fraud alert to the other two.


(888) 766-0008
Consumer Fraud Division
P.O. Box 740256
Atlanta, GA 30374


(888) 397-3742
Credit Fraud Center
P.O. Box 1017
Allen, TX 75013


(800) 680-7289
Fraud Victim Assistance Department
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834

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