Identity theft is the unauthorized use of your personal information such as your name, social security number, driver’s license information and/or financial information to commit fraud or other crimes.
The Federal government has created the Internet Crime Complaint Center which is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center. IC3's mission is to address fraud committed over the Internet. For victims of Internet fraud, IC3 provides a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of a suspected criminal or civil violation.
Consumer Affairs also offers a free guide about identity theft protection services featuring hundreds of verified consumer reviews. The guide offers tools to make an informed decision when choosing an identity theft protection company.