Information provided by the Federal Trade Commission:
"While identity theft can happen to anyone, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk." - Federal Trade Commission
"Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. There are four main ways to do it: know who you share information with; store and dispose of your personal information securely, especially your Social Security number; ask questions before deciding to share your personal information; and maintain appropriate security on your computers and other electronic devices." - Federal Trade Commission
"Is someone using your personal information to open accounts, file taxes, or make purchases?" - Federal Trade Commission
Information provided by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security:
Steps to follow if you have been a victim of identity theft
How it works:
- We'll ask you some questions to see if we can help you. If we can help, you'll make an account.
- Ask your non-criminal legal question.
- We will e-mail you when your question receives a response. Come back to the web site and sign in to read the response.
Directory of Legal Aid Attorneys and Other Agencies by County
If you know an older person who has been victim of a scam or fraud, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has set up a toll-free hotline to help.
1-855-303-9470 It is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
"Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. It can strike anyone, but elders may be particularly vulnerable. Identity thieves often target unsuspecting elders, luring them into giving out personal information. The scammers then use this information to steal the elder's identity and ruin a lifetime of positive credit references." - National Consumer Law Center