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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.
Victims of identity theft include people of all ages, societal, educational, and economic backgrounds. There are two types of identity theft victims:
Identity theft occurs in a multitude of ways:
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.
Go to the www.1800VICTIMS.org homepage to find resources in your county including Victim Assistance Centers and local law enforcement agencies.
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:
Please use a computer at a safe location because your computer use may be monitored. If you are in danger, please contact 911. Click here for ways to manage your personal information online, as well as tips for following safe browsing procedures.In the event that you need to exit this site quickly, click on the "Escape" button on the top right corner of the navigation bar.
Tips for Using Technology: It is not possible to delete all the “footprints” of your computer or online activities. If you are being monitored, it may be unsafe to change your computer behaviors, like suddenly deleting your Internet history if that is not your regular habit.
If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, be careful how you use your computer since an abuser might become suspicious. You may want to keep using the monitored computer for activities, like looking up the weather or reading the news. Use a safer computer, such as a public computer at your local library, to research escape plans, look for new jobs or apartments, bus tickets, or ask for help.
Email and Instant/Text Messaging are not safe or confidential ways to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life. If possible, please call a hotline instead. If you use email or IM, please use a safer computer and an account your abuser does not know about.