Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Identity Theft Resources

It seems like every other day there is a story in the news about identity theft -- government contractors lose laptops with government employee information, a hacker steals thousands of customer records for a retail -- examples are, unfortunately, plentiful.

Did you know that the library's subscription to the Gale LegalForms database offers a number of helpful documents to assist victims of identity theft? Check this out...
  1. Using your 10-digit library card, log in to the Gale Legal Forms database.
  2. In the search box, type "identity theft" and select titles (default is categories), then click the Search button.
In the results listing, you'll see a number of pertinent documents to assist you. The Identity Theft Checklist (US-00710) is a great starting point, as it outlines the steps you need to take with regards to the various credit bureaus, law enforcement, the DMV, any creditor, etc. You can download this document (Microsoft Word), print out and check off the steps as you make your way through the process.

The database goes even further, providing you templates/sample letters that you can use when informing the authorities of the theft.

Having your personal information stolen can be a frightening ordeal. Hopefully, with resources such as this checklist, the process to get your identity back can be less overwhelming.