Like everyone else, I worry about identify theft. The stories I’ve read of what people have to go through to reclaim their personal information are harrowing. Losing your identify can happen to anyone. Certainly, the recent stories about hackers stealing thousands of personal information from both private and public agencies is enough to rob a person of sleep. A recent Executive Order called for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other federal agencies to streamline and consolidate resources at IdentityTheft.gov by May 15, 2015. Future enhancements to the site will allow people to get customized help based on their specific experiences.
Below is information from the identity theft site which I offer today not as a commentary but as a personal service. May it help you sleep better at night. For information click on to . IdentityTheft.gov — a new resource from the FTC..
IdentityTheft.gov can help you determine which critical steps come first, and gives detailed advice and helpful resources — like easy-to-print checklists and sample letters. The site also connects you to organizations that are critical to the recovery process, like credit bureaus, the Social Security Administration, the IRS, and local consumer protection offices.
All I can say is, may you never need this information.