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What to do if you're a victim of identity theft

What to do if you're a victim of identity theft

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on March 6, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 6 at 7:29 PM

Today marks National Consumer Protection Week. So I thought I'd give you some information to help you protect yourself. Starting with identity theft.

Each year millions of people have their identities stolen. It can happen in many different ways so below are some terrific sites to keep handy in case you ever find yourself in a situation needing to protect or trying to resurrect your good name.

Social Security Number Lost/Stolen

SSN_Online - if your social security card has been stolen this is one of the first places you need to go. You can learn how to Replace a lost or stolen card and what information you'll need to make that happen.

FTC’s Identity Theft Site this site has some great information on how to prevent identity theft as well as what to do if you feel your information has been compromised.

How medical identity theft works - if you're worried about your medical records this site has some great information on what doctors offices and hospitals must do as well as what you need know. 

If your information has been compromised but not yet misused go here 

If you’re wondering whether to use a credit monitoring service go here. 

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act: The Safeguards Rule. This act became law in 1999 and is designed to set up safeguards at financial institutions so that information you provide when needing to get a loan or transfer money is not compromised. Here are some good sources of information as to how it's supposed to protect you:

Remember it's always important to check your credit reports. This is the only site that lets you get that information free.