According to the Federal Trade Commission, 9 million people are victims of identity theft annually. Money Matter$ provides links to important information that includes steps to prevent identity theft and help if you find yourself a victim.
National Resource for Identity Theft - This is the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) home page for ID theft. Links include a course of action if your identity has been stolen, consumer information, and ID theft statistics.
Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft - An in-depth publication created by the FTC that covers all aspects of identity theft issues. Information includes privacy rights, victim recourse, fraud, federal and state laws, and an ID theft affidavit.
Misused - The Department of Education created this web site to help college students avoid credit card fraud and other forms of identity theft.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse - This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating consumers as well as fostering research and advocacy for the enforcement of privacy rights.
Identity Theft Resource Center - This is a national non-profit organization that focuses exclusively on identity theft.
Opt Out Prescreen - Opt out of receiving pre-screened credit card offers for five years or permanently. Visit this site or call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688).
Seattle University School of Law provides these links as a courtesy to its students. These sites are not endorsed by Seattle University. Some of these sites require personal information. We urge you to use your discretion and be careful when disclosing this type of information. We encourage you to explore your options using various resources so that you can make well informed decisions about your current and future finances.