I’ve written before about the range of excellent consumer tools produced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help consumers fight and fix identity theft problems (June 29, 2012; “Fighting and Fixing Identity Theft: FTC’s Helpful Consumer Tools”).  I’ve just learned about another new FTC resource that I want to tell you about.

The FTC has produced a short (about 5 minutes) video titled “Helping Victims of Identity Theft.”  I watched the video and it provides:

  • an excellent summary of the ways someone might learn that he or she’s become an identity theft victim;
  • a review of the identity theft materials and other resources available for consumers ;
  • a description of the pro bono legal guide (“Guide for Assisting Identity Theft Victims”) that can be used by legal services attorneys, social workers and other advocates; and
  • a discussion by an attorney for the AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly about their success in using the FTC’s pro bono guide.

The video is a quick and handy overview for anyone who wants to learn more about identity theft.  The video can be found at: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov.

I encourage you to look at the video and learn more about these excellent FTC resources.  I hope you, or someone you know, never needs these resources.  Having said that, it’s worthwhile to be informed about what you can, and must do, if you, or someone you know, becomes an identity theft victim.