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Recovering Your Identity

Even if you've been diligent about protecting your identity sometimes the unthinkable happens. When it does, you need to know how to recover your good name. Follow the theft trail, reclaim your personal and financial information, repair damages to your reputation, and even deal with the emotional consequences of identity theft using the information here.

Do I Really Need a Lawyer?
Victims of identity theft seldom use an attorney, but in many situations, a lawyer is the best friend you can have.

What to Do if You're a Victim of Identity Theft
Statistics the past few years say that the chances of being a victim of identity theft are rapidly on the rise. It’s just as important to know what to do when if happens to you as it is to know how to prevent identity theft, or at least reduce your risk of being a victim.

Identity Theft: Dealing with Credit Card Companies
When identity theft strikes, it's not uncommon for the identity thief to get credit in the victim's name. It can be a slow process cleaning up the mess, often taking years. Find out what you can do, and how to start fixing the problem today.

Reporting Identity Theft to the Police
Reporting identity theft to the police is the first step in recovering if you are a victim. There are some specific issues you want to be aware of when you are trying to get an identity theft police report, though.

Responding to Identity Theft
Indiana's Attorney General has set up an identity theft response site specifically designed to help victims quickly respond when the worst happens to them.

The Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA)
When an identity thief gets your debit card of finds a way into your bank account, you will be fighting with the bank to get your hard-earned money back. The Electronic Funds Transfer Act is the law your bank will most follow as you try to get your cash back.

Steps to Recovering Your Identity After Identity Theft
The unthinkable has happened. You've just learned that your identity was stolen. Now what? First, don't panic. Panic is your worst enemy in any situation because it makes you take actions that aren't at all useful. Instead, try to remain calm and prepare to fight. It could take a long time before everything is back to normal, but the following steps can help you regain co…

Recovering From Identity Theft: Repairing Your Credit Reports
Identity theft usually hits victims where it hurts most: in the wallet. If you've been victimized by identity theft, you want to clean the mess up quickly. This article walks you through the basics of fixing your credit report after identity theft.

Recovering From Identity Theft: Your Rights as a Consumer
It's frightening to realize that your identity has been stolen. But the sooner you realize it, you can begin to repair the damages. Before you even start the repair process, however, you need to understand your rights as a consumer. This article explains them.

Data Breaches: 5 Ways to Respond
Data breaches have become so common place these days, that most people don’t dwell on news about them. But you should be aware that they happen often, and you should know how to protect yourself.

24 Point Identity Theft Recovery Checklist
You just realized your identity has been stolen. Now what? This 24 point checklist walks you through each of the steps that you should take if you discovery that your identity has been compromised.

How To: Get Through Having Your Identity Stolen
Having your identity stolen is no fun. This blog post from an identity theft outlines how to get through all of the difficulties that result from identity theft.

What to do When You are No Longer the Only You
When identity theft happens, criminals move quickly to take full advantage of the treasure they've captured. You have to respond quickly to minimize the damage. This article shows you how.

Key Questions to Ask
Identity theft has forced us to redefine how we think of "protection". Time was that meant you were protected if certain events occurred. When talking about identity theft services, though, protection really means "help after the fact."

ID Theft and Your Tax Records
One way that many victims learn their identity has been stolen is when they receive notice of tax issues. The IRS offers up tips on how to recover your identity if you have been victimized.

Identity Theft and Legal Help
Most people are a little intimidated by lawyers, but when you look to protecting yourself and your family from identity theft, having access to legal help can be a critical part of fixing your problems.

Contacting Your State Bar Association
Links for all 50 state bar associations

Getting Help - Victim Resources
Although not an exhaustive list of agencies, this article will give identity theft victims a launchpad to recovering their identity.

My Wallet/Purse Was Stolen! Now What?
Many cases of identity theft start with a lost wallet or purse. Taking the right actions (and taking them quickly) can help protect you from that. Find out what you can do now.

The Federal Trade Commission
If you are an identity theft victim, you will end up talking with someone in the FTC. But they do more than collect information – they help consumers fight back against identity theft.

Prepping for Identity Theft
"Prepping" for identity theft means being ready to handle the problem when it comes up.

How to Report Identity Theft to the IRS
IRS, reporting identity theft, Form 14039, tax returns, filing taxes, report identity theft to IRS

How to Report Identity Theft to the FTC
Federal Trade Commission, FTC, reporting identity theft, Fraud Affidavit

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