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- The Minnesota Attorney General's office has information on both preventing and dealing with identity theft on its website. Pull down the topic Consumer and look under Consumer A to Z. Included are:
- Checklist of Responsible Information-Handling Practices
- Coping with Identity Theft: Reducing the Risk of Fraud
- Criminal Identity Theft: What to Do if It Happens to You
- Frequently Asked Questions about Identity Theft
- Guarding Your Privacy: Tips to Prevent Identity Theft , from the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General,
- Protect Yourself From Identity Theft , from the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General,
- Identity Theft: What to Do if It Happens to You
- Identity Theft Victim's Kit , from the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General,
- and the consumer alert pamphlet, What To Do When Your Personal Information Is Breached , from the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General.
- Identity Theft, from the Federal Trade Commission. On this site, consumers can learn how to avoid identity theft, and learn what to do if their identity is stolen. Businesses can learn how to help their customers deal with identity theft, as well as how to prevent problems in the first place. Law enforcement can get resources and learn how to help victims of identity theft, including:
- Filing a complaint with the FTC, from the FTC.
- Identity Protection, from the IRS.
- Identity Theft, from Nolo.
- Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number, from the Social Security Administration.
- My Social Security Number - How Secure Is It?
- Recovering from identity theft is easier with a plan
- Social Security Numbers FAQ
- Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft, from the IRS.
- Victim Resources: Letter Templates, from the Identity Theft Resource Center.
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