Deter • Detect • Defend
Fighting Back Against Identity Theft
growing concerns about identity theft, the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) has developed a one-stop national
resource to learn about the crime of identity theft.
It provides detailed information to help you Deter,
Detect, and Defend against identity theft. While there
are no guarantees about avoiding identity theft, there
are steps you can take to minimize your risk and minimize
the damage if a problem occurs:
Deter identity thieves
by safeguarding your information.
activity by routinely monitoring your financial
accounts and billing statements.
Defend against ID
theft as soon as you suspect a problem.
This site is a comprehensive reference center—for
consumers, businesses, law enforcement, and the media—with
access to specific
laws, contact information, and resources from state
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System also maintains an identity theft website with links to other governmental resources on identity theft.