Identity theft is a true crime that has real effects. Victims can use valuable time (possibly months) sorting out legal and financial problems. There is no guarantee it won’t happen to you, but you can take preventative measures.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has produced a multimedia presentation to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft. The presentation provides information on steps consumers should take to secure their computer and protect themselves from identity theft, as well as actions consumers should take if they become a victim of identity theft.