Identity Theft

Government Agencies


United States

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a website on Identity Theft that contains helpful information to educate and inform consumers, business and law enforcements agencies and prevent identity theft schemes. The website, which is also in Spanish, contains information, publications, investigations, legislation, press releases, Congress reports and testimonies and a section for consumers containing information for resolving specific problems and filing complaints.

The President’s Identity Task Force, “Combating Identity Theft. A Strategic Plan” (April 2007)

President Bush’s Identity Theft Task Force (Executive Order of May 10, 2006)

FTC, Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft, in Spanish.

FTC, “Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complain Data,” Data from Consumer Sentinel and the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse January-December 2005, (January 2006) pdf

Consumer Sentinel is a government investigative cyber tool and complaint database. Consumer Sentinel holds The Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse which is the federal government’s database maintained by the FTC for tracking identity theft complaints. It was created pursuant to the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998, and began operation on November 1, 1999. The Clearinghouse is threefold, (i) it provides law enforcement agencies with a broad range of complaints, allowing them to spot patterns of illegal activity; (ii) it enables policy makers to get a sense of the extent of identity theft and how it's taking place; and (iii) it provides information to some private entities to enable them to better protect consumers from identity theft.

Department of Justice Identity Theft and Fraud Page contains information FAQ’s and a Quiz to help consumers avoid becoming a victim of identity theft. The National Criminal Justice Reference Service which is a federally funded resource sponsor inter alia by the US Department of Justice contains a section on identity theft with useful sources such as facts and figures, legislation, publications and relevant links.

US Postal Inspection Service whose mission is to protect the U.S. Postal Service, and protect the nation's mail system from criminal misuse has created a webpage on identity theft.

Social Security Administration which is the government office in charge of managing US social security programs has a specific section on identity and social security numbers, which provides tips on how to protect personal information and minimize the risk of identity theft.

US Department of Education is the government agency in charge of educational policy in the US. Its website contains a section on identity theft with information on how to reduce risk, cases, reports and other resources.

Canada

Consumers Measures Committee (CMC) is a federal-provincial-territorial government related forum for national cooperation to improve the marketplace for Canadian consumers. In January 2004, the CMC recognized the serious concern that identity theft poses for Canadian consumers and agreed, as a first step, to harmonize information efforts to bring consumers the most reliable and complete information on how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim. The CMC created a multi-jurisdictional working group to examine identity theft policy and other consumer issues. The website of CMC contains the national identity theft consultation paper, news, information, frequently asked questions, tips and tools for consumers and businesses.

Competition Bureau is the law enforcement agency responsible to promote and maintain fair competition across Canada. In February 2005, together with other Canadian agencies launched a fraud awareness campaign to curb and prevent fraudulent practices such as identity theft. The website contain a section on consumer advisories, warning, news and other resources on fraud.

Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP) is the national Canadian police service and an agency of the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. RCMP has a webpage on identity theft with tips, information and links.

Reporting Economic Crime Online (RECOL) is an initiative that involves an integrated partnership between International, Federal and Provincial Law Enforcement agencies, as well as with regulators and private commercial organizations that have a legitimate investigative interest in receiving a copy of complaints of economic crime in Canada.

PhoneBusters is a national anti-fraud call centre jointly operated by the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mountain Police. The website contains information, tips, statistics and news on identity theft and other frauds on the Internet.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is the federal oversight agency of the privacy rights of Canadians. The website contains an Identity Theft Fact Sheet with information and recommendations to reduce the risk of identity theft and contact information and links to other agencies.

Ontario Privacy Commissioner is the data protection and access to information oversight authority for the province of Ontario. Its website contains a list of documents and information on identity theft.

Ontario Government website contains a section on identity theft.

Mexico

Comisión Nacional para la Protección y Defensa de los Usuarios de Servicios Financieros (CONDUSEF) is the oversight agency that protects and defends the rights and interest of users of financial services offered by Mexican Financial Institutions. CONDUSEF has created a section with information for the use of financial services on the Internet and tips to avoid and diminish the risk of electronic fraud.

United Kingdom

Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee contains information on identity theft for British consumers, faq’s, security tips and information and links to credit reports and government an private related sources.

National Consumer Council: “Identity Theft, Victim Supportpdf