Identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in America, occurs when someone obtains your personal or financial information and uses it to acquire credit, merchandise or services. It can also occur when a thief uses your credentials in the commission of a crime. Identity theft can not only ruin your credit but will cost you time and money to repair the damage. The New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection offers tips on how to respond when your identity or financial accounts have been compromised. In addition, the Division's Identity Theft Prevention and Mitigation Program provides information and resources to help New Yorkers reduce the risk of identity theft and to assist victims in addressing the consequences of this crime.
Identity Theft Can Happen to Anyone (YouTube video)
The Division of Consumer Protection presents a short video on how easily your personal information can be obtained and tips on how to help prevent becoming a victim of this crime.
Understanding Identity Theft
What is identity theft? How do you know if you've fallen victim?
Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft
Learn how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft. This includes checking your credit reports regularly; keeping your personal information private; protecting yourself online; and, safeguarding your child's identity.