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What Can I Do if Someone Steals My Identity?

Discovering that your identity has been stolen can be a stressful experience, but here are a few steps to minimize and repair the damage.

If Someone Steals Your Identity

AlarmSound the alarm
Immediately notify your financial institutions and close any fraudulently opened accounts.

NewsBreak the news
Notify the three major credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

FreezeFreeze them out
Place a fraud alert and credit freeze on your account.

FightFight back
File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at and make a recovery plan.

AlertStay on high alert
Stay vigilant and continue to monitor your accounts, credit reports, and mail.


Key Takeaway: Unfortunately, identity theft can occur even if you implement preventive measures.  If you’ve been a victim of identity theft, it’s important to act immediately to limit the potential damage to your financial security.