Recover from Identity Theft
Identity theft can happen to anyone at any time. It can be hard to immediately tell if you are affected, or to know who to notify. Sometimes it is hard to know how or where it actually occurred, however, the impact of identity theft can still be felt.
So what should you do if you have had your identity or personal data stolen or suspect you might be a victim of identity theft?
Act as quickly as you can. IdentityTheft.gov provides recovery steps that can guide you through the identity theft recovery process.
Email scams (known as phishing) are a common method to trick you into visiting a fraudulent website, opening an infected document, or logging in to "validate your email account."
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides information on how to recover from identity theft, including who to contact based on what was stolen.
A strong password or passphrase uses a combination of length and character types. Learn what to do and not to do to keep it safe. For extra protection, use two-factor authentication where available.
Our handout can help you remember how to identify and protect yourself from Phishing scams and identity theft.