Even if you take all the steps outlined in Chapter 2, “How to Keep Your Personal Information Personal,” you can still be a victim of identity theft; there is no foolproof way to protect against this type of crime. What happens, then, if you are a victim—how do you stop the crime, minimize the damage, and work to repair your identity and credit?
That’s what this chapter covers—how to recover from identity theft.
Millions of people each year are victims of identity theft. How do you know if your identity has been stolen?
If you’re lucky, you find out quickly—typically via a phone call from your bank or credit card company, inquiring about a suspicious purchase, ...