Privacy Topic: Id-theft

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CA News & Special Reports

CA News Logo Debt collection (Winter 2020-2021) In this issue, Consumer Action helps consumers learn how to exercise their debt collection rights: to demand information about a debt, stop a debt collector from contacting them, and avoid resurrecting debts that are too old to be sued over. The issue also discusses other key aspects of the laws and regulations designed to protect people being targeted by debt collectors, and includes a sample validation request and a communications preference letter you can customize and send to debt collectors. (Friday, February 26, 2021)

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Five Recent Publications

Avoid pandemic-related ID theft and account fraud

Avoid pandemic-related ID theft and account fraud Coping with COVID-19. Identity thieves and fraudsters have taken advantage of the pandemic to get a hold of consumers’ personally identifying information and use it to steal their benefits, access their accounts and open new accounts in the victims’ names. This publication identifies some of the most prominent pandemic-related schemes consumers should be aware of, offers tips for safeguarding your personal and account data, explains how to detect fraud and ID theft, and outlines the steps to take if you discover you’re a victim.

Just Say No to Scams (Chinese)

Just Say No to Scams (Chinese).

Scammers cheat unsuspecting consumers out of millions of dollars each year, but there are ways to avoid becoming a scammer’s next victim. This guide will help consumers understand how crooks reel in their prey, recognize and evade scam attempts, and learn about scam prevention and reporting resources.

Freeze Your Credit File (Spanish)

Freeze Your Credit File (Spanish) Leave ID thieves out in the cold.

El “congelamiento de seguridad” es una herramienta para ayudarle a prevenir el robo de identidad y evitar que impostores utilicen su información personal para establecer crédito. Esta publicación explica cómo “congelar” su crédito, lo cual previene que se establezca crédito nuevo a nombre suyo hasta que usted suspenda provisionalmente el congelamiento o le retire de forma permanente.

Freeze Your Credit File

Freeze Your Credit File Leave ID thieves out in the cold.

A credit file “security freeze” is a preventive tool to help you avoid identity theft and to block impostors from using your personal information to establish credit. This publication explains how to “freeze” your credit file, which prevents new credit from being established in your name until you temporarily or permanently lift the freeze.

Security Freeze Backgrounder

Security Freeze Backgrounder Questions and Answers About Placing, Lifting and Removing a Credit Report Security Freeze.

This publication answers common questions about how a credit report security freeze can protect you from ID theft, the pros and cons of a security freeze, and how to place, lift and remove a freeze. (It has been updated to reflect changes implemented on Sept. 21, 2018, under new federal law.)

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Recovering from Identity Theft Cover ArtThe Complete Idiot’s Guide to Recovering from Identity Theft 

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States and in many cases the victim has no knowledge of the theft until the situation is dire. Even then, most people have no idea what to do to get their lives…

Stopping Identity Theft Cover ArtStopping Identity Theft 

This book outlines 10 steps you can take to protect yourself or your family from ID theft and medical identity theft, the fastest growing crime in America.

By reading this book, you will learn what to do now to safeguard your bank accounts,…

Stolen Lives: Identity Theft Prevention Made Simple Cover ArtStolen Lives: Identity Theft Prevention Made Simple 

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting 10 million Americans every year. Stolen Lives is a privacy wakeup call, with how-to methods to protect your greatest financial asset - your identity. Prevention is not difficult, but it takes organization and discipline. Stolen…

Credit Scores & Credit Reports Cover ArtCredit Scores & Credit Reports 

The U.S. credit reporting system keeps detailed financial histories on more than 200 million Americans. Evan Hendricks' Credit Scores & Credit Reports is a well-informed, informative, and well-written guide to a subject of great and growing importance to consumers. Hendricks, a foremost privacy expert,…

Your Evil Twin: Beyond the Identity Theft Epidemic Cover ArtYour Evil Twin: Beyond the Identity Theft Epidemic 

Bob Sullivan, author and identity theft expert, probes this exploding crime. ID theft has hit ordinary citizens and celebrities alike, from Oprah Winfrey to Steven Spielberg, and costs the economy $50 billion a year. "Your Evil Twin" covers the topic from every angle, from…

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