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What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft, or identity fraud, is a form of fraud in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person’s identity, typically in order to access resources or obtain credit or other benefits in that person’s name.


Who are the victims of Identity Theft?

Victims of identity theft include people of all ages, societal, educational, and economic backgrounds. There are two types of identity theft victims:


How identity theft occurs…

Identity theft occurs in a multitude of ways:


What to do if you are victimized…

Report the fraud to the three major credit bureaus:

Also, report the crime to the police, request information on fraudulent accounts, and request additional free credit reports. You can also see the Office of Privacy Protection Checklist for more information.


How to protect yourself from further identity theft attacks…


Resources for victims of identity theft

Go to the homepage to find resources in your county including Victim Assistance Centers and local law enforcement agencies.


You may be eligible for compensation…

The California Victim Compensation Program may be able to help victims who were injured or threatened with physical injury as the result of identity theft. See the following link to find out how to apply for compensation:

or contact the California Victim Compensation Program:
Phone: 1-800-777-9229


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