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 (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.
Dealing with the Damage
Read through the steps to take if you become a victim of identity theft and understand the tools available to assist you.
Security Freeze Law
How to Place a Security Freeze on your credit report.
Data Breach Reporting Form and Compliance Guidance for Businesses
The likelihood of becoming a victim of identity theft increases if your personally identifying information is part of a data security breach.
Last Modified: September 22, 2011