You know that protecting your identity and personal information is important. And you also know that taking steps to avoid identity theft can make a big difference. But if someone steals your identity, here’s the first thing you do: go to IdentityTheft.gov.
To get you started, watch this video on how IdentityTheft.gov helps you report and recover from identity theft.
If your identity is still all yours, you can find some ideas to keep it that way — and to share with others. If you’re wondering what’s going on in your good name, start by getting your free credit report (free every week through December 2023!) at AnnualCreditReport.com.
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Updated September 23, 2022 to reflect the extension of weekly free credit reports through December 2023.
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If someone is using your identity, they can open new accounts with your information and get credit cards, health insurance, or commit crimes in your name.
If that happens, you might start getting calls from debt collectors about unpaid bills. You might not be able to get new health insurance, because records show you have a condition that you really don't have. Law enforcement might stop you, because someone has committed a crime while using your identity.
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