Identity theft is a crime in which someone acquires key pieces of the victim's identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth or 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 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 the law enforcement agency where the suspect resides.
You may also file a report to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC). 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.
- Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General State of Maryland
- Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
- U.S. Government Accountability Office
- U.S. Postal Service