Identity theft has become an epidemic in Virginia and across the United States, claiming millions of victims each year. It's also one of the most costly crimes to consumers and businesses, and is the fastest growing white collar crime in America according to the FTC.
Securing identities is essential to not only protecting consumers from financial loss and shoring up the world's finest financial system, but also to securing our homeland from criminals, drug dealers, and terrorists.
Virginians should be vigilant to protect themselves and our community from the dangers caused by identity thieves. If you become a victim of ID theft, please contact the District office nearest to you for personal assistance or visit the Federal Trade Commission Identity Thief Web Site for advice on how to secure your personal data as well as what to do if your identity is stolen. You may also want to review information from the IRS regarding tax-related identify theft.
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. You can also take their tests to learn how to avoid becoming a victim of phishing, spam, spyware and other online scams.
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