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Identity Theft

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This section provides guides and publications on the following subjects:

Privacy Rights: A person's ability to not have private affairs and/or matters made public.

Identity Theft: The crime of obtaining another’s personal information and assuming another’s identity to reap financial benefit.

The University of Texas at Austin Launches:

(a resource center to stay informed about identity theft and privacy management)

  • TAKE CHARGE: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft

    In the course of a busy day, you may write a check at the grocery store, charge tickets to a ball game, rent a car, mail your tax returns, change service providers for your cell phone, or apply for a credit card. Chances are you don't give these everyday transactions a second thought. But an identity thief does. Identity theft is a serious crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years and thousands of dollars cleaning up the mess the thieves have made of a good name and credit record. Content Detail

    Federal Trade Commission
  • Action Plan for Victims of Identity Theft

    This is an action plan for victims of identity theft. Read More

    VICARS, a program of Texas Legal Services Center
  • Identity Theft Victim's Complaint and Affidavit

    A voluntary form for filing a report with law enforcement, and disputes with credit reporting agencies and creditors about identity theft-related problems. Visit ftc.gov/idtheft to use a secure online version that you can print for your records. Read More

    Federal Trade Commission
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    Spanish / Español
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act

    This resource provides the full text of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Read More

    Federal Trade Commission