News about data breaches at banks, stores, and agencies is an everyday occurrence now. But if your private information has been compromised, it doesnâ€™t feel commonplace to you. The sooner you find out and act to begin damage control, the better off youâ€™ll be.
IdentityTheft, a new government website, offers step-by-step checklists of what to do right away, and what to do next, depending on the information thatâ€™s been stolen or exposed. It lists warning signs indicating your identity was stolen, and gives websites and phone numbers for organizations youâ€™ll need to reach. And, it has sample letters for disputing fraudulent charges, correcting information in your credit reports, and getting business records relating to the theft.
Check out IdentityTheft, bookmark it, and print out the checklists, as your first line of defense against identity theft.