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What is Identity Theft?

Identity Theft involves acquiring key pieces of someone's identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number and information enabling the identity thief to commit numerous forms of fraud which include, but are not limited to, taking over the victim's financial accounts, opening new bank accounts, purchasing automobiles, applying for loans, credit cards and social security benefits, renting apartments, and establishing services with utility and phone companies.

Learn how to protect yourself from Identity Theft (PDF), what to do if you become a victim and more.

Reporting Identity Theft

Call 911 or 410-887-2222

If you have purchased something over the Internet, haven't received it and feel that you are a victim of a theft and not just a business dispute, you must report this to the agency in which the suspect resides. You may also file a report to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. The IFCC is a clearinghouse for such crimes as fraud, computer intrusion/takeover and other crimes involving the use of a computer. Upon receipt of the complaint, they will forward a copy to the appropriate jurisdiction for review.

Informational Web Sites

Federal Trade Commission

Watch a video from the Federal Trade Commission on avoiding identity theft.

State of Maryland
Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division


Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

U.S. Government Accountability Office

U.S. Postal Service

International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators

Baltimore County Police Department
Economic Crimes Team

700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286

Revised March 1, 2013

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