The Federal Reserve Board has made available a new booklet, which was developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, designed to help consumers protect themselves against identity theft.
The booklet describes the dangers posed by identity thieves, what people can do to protect themselves, and what they should do if they discover their identities have been stolen.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States and the FBI estimates that 500,000 to 700,000 Americans are now victimized every year. When one person's identification, which can include name, social security number, or bank and credit account numbers, is used by another to open new accounts, take out loans, or apply for new credit cards, the damage can take months to repair.
The "Identity Theft" booklet describes some common sense precautions consumers should take to protect personal information, shows how to monitor for signs of identity theft, and offers a guide for consumers whose identities have been stolen. The booklet also has useful contact information for the national credit bureaus, federal agencies that can provide help, and nonprofit organizations that advise consumers and businesses.
Download the brochure by clicking the link below. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this document.
You may also obtain a printed copy from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Call toll-free, 1.800.409.1333 to order or write to:
Identity Theft Brochure
Public and Community Affairs Department
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
P.O. Box 2076
Boston, MA 02016-2076