Personal Protection

Identity Theft and Protecting Yourself

The Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft website explains what to do in case you become a victim of identity theft and tips to help prevent it.

You can also get tips and report suspected internet crimes at the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Reviews of several Identity Theft Protection Services can be found at Reviews.com.

Steps To Take When Your Identity Has Been Stolen

According to the NC Department of Justice, victims of identity theft should do the following:

  1. File a Police Report
  2. Close the Affected Accounts
  3. Notify the Credit Bureaus
  4. Notify the Federal Trade Commission

Details on each step and more can be found at the Department of Justice's ID Theft Victims web page.