Of course you come to SpendSaveLive to read up on identity theft, home ownership, and myriad other topics. But what do you do when you’ve got a specific question about identity theft in between articles? What if you want to research aspects of identity theft we haven’t yet covered here? Where do you go, and how do you find reliable resources?
There are tens of thousands of places on the internet where you can look up identity theft. The challenge is how to know whether or not these are useful sources.
If you’re looking for reliable and unbiased information about identity theft, put these five organizations at the top of your list.
IC3 A partnership between the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this organization researches cyber crime and collects complaints related to internet fraud. They also issue fraud alerts that keep consumers abreast of the latest trends in cyber identity theft. Check out their most recent fraud alert regarding social networking and identity theft.
The Federal Trade Commission FTC stands for ‘For the Consumer’, according to this federal agency. This is one of the best places to research identity theft. In addition to their online educational brochures, the official victim’s affidavit can be found here.
WA State Dept. of Financial Institutions If you live in Washington State, these are your financial services regulators. Known nationally for their stand out financial literacy programs, this agency can provide you with guidance if your identity has been stolen while negotiating a financial transaction that falls under their authority.
The WA State Office of the Attorney General Here you can access state specific information on your rights as a victim, and how to go about freezing your credit report for a certain period of time.
AnnualCreditReport.com This is where your three free annual credit reports can be obtained from each of the three nationally reporting credit bureaus. They also offer a great FAQ page where you can learn more about your rights as pertains to controlling who has access to your personal information.
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