Identity Theft

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The immediate steps a victim should take to limit the damage caused by an identity thief.
What is Identity Theft? Identity Theft is the largest consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) annually.  If you have been the victim of identity theft, it could mean someone has used your name to: make purchases get credit cards rent an apartment or obtain utilities without your permission
What is Identity Theft? Identity Theft is the largest consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) annually.  If you have been the victim of identity theft, it could mean someone has used your name to:
The immediate steps a victim should take to limit the damage caused by an identity thief.
Idaho Coalition Against Identity Theft seeks  to provide a coordinated community response to better assist victims of identity theft in our state.   WHAT VICTIMS CAN DO   Place a Fraud Alert on your credit reports by contacting one of the credit reporting agencies (“CRA’s”) listed on the back of this brochure. Request your free credit reports.
Financial:  Using another’s information/identity in order to obtain credit, goods, or services. Criminal: Using another’s information/identity when apprehended for a crime;i.e.,a person stopped by law enforcement supplies another person’s name. Governmental: Supplying another’s information to a government agency;e.g.,giving another person’s information to the IRS. Medical: Receiving medical care or drugs using another person’s information or identity.
  Some Resources for Victims: ICAIT Website: https://sites.google.com/a/idaholegalaid.org/idaho-coalition-against-identity-theft/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/idahocoalitionagainstidtheft
Identity theft is a crime in which an impostor uses the name, social security number, and/or other identifying information of a victim to open credit accounts, use existing credit accounts, provide the victim's name to police during an arrest, or gain other benefits such a medical service, employment, or government benefits by using the victim's identity.
In October 2011, Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) was awarded funds to form the Idaho Coalition Against Identity Theft (ICAIT) to serve Idaho identity theft victims. The Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center awarded ILAS funds from the U.S.

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