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Identity Theft

Identity theft is a crime in which someone acquires key pieces of the victim's identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number. This enables the identity thief to commit fraud such as 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.

Protect yourself from identity theft by taking precautions.

Reporting Identity Theft

To report identity theft, call 911 or 410-887-2222. Baltimore County Police Department's (BCoPD) Financial and Cyber Crimes Team investigates cases of identity theft.

If you have purchased something over the Internet, haven't received it and feel that you are a victim of a theft (not just a business dispute), you must report this to law enforcement agency where suspect resides.

You may also file a report to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) at The IFCC is a clearinghouse for such crimes as fraud, computer intrusion or takeover and other crimes involving the use of a computer. Upon receipt of the complaint, they will forward to the appropriate jurisdiction for review.

Other Resources

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


Revised May 23, 2016        

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