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Identity Theft

Identity theft is a serious crime involving stealing another person's identity.  Often in identity theft cases, someone uses another person's identifying information such as another's name, credit card number, or social security number without permission and with the intent to commit fraud, scams, or other crimes. 

The Ferguson Township Police Department has compiled the following resources to help residents on the topic of identity theft.  Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. In fact, according to the Federal Trade Commission, the number of identity theft incidents has reached 9.9 million a year.  

It is very important to be informed about ways to keep yourself safe. Knowing the facts, plus doing simple exercises such as using a paper shredder, can help protect your information from falling into the wrong hands.  We have listed several websites that can both educate you about this crime and provide resources if you have become a victim.

Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission's Website providing a "one-stop" resource for education, victim services, and prevention of identity theft.

Office for Victims of Crime
This site provides tools for victims to use and a step-by-step approach for dealing with identity theft.

Department of Justice
The United States Department of Justice provides helpful information on identity theft and identity fraud. 

Social Security Administration
Identity theft, fraud or misuse of one's Social Security or Medicare card are provided on their site.