There are two kinds of identity theft. The first is credit card or debit card theft. The second is identity theft where the thief takes your credit identity and racks up charges that can ruin your good credit by getting credit cards, buying cars, renting apartments, or committing crimes in your name. As a result, you may be denied student loans, mortgages, or even jobs. You may even have your utilities cut off or driver’s license suspended. To make matters worse, you may have to also suffer harassment by collection agencies trying to collect on a debt that you do not owe. Protect yourself from identity theft. See these resources to learn how.
This section contains links that offer information about protections about identity theft. There are pdf fact sheets, pdf forms and interactive forms to help you understand identity theft protections. Select a different topic here.
- "Identify Theft"
- "Identity Theft FAQ"
- "Identity Theft Quiz"
- "Scams (Spanish)"
- "Credit Reports"
- "Credit Reports" * PDF Brochure by National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)
- "Credit Reports (Spanish)" * PDF Brochure by National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)
- "Credit Reports for Older Consumers" * PDF by National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)
- Identity Theft—Letter Reporting ID Theft to Credit Bureau
- Identity Theft—Letter to Creditor
- Identity Theft—Letter to Debt Collector
Check these websites for other potentially helpful information. These websites are maintained by other organizations:
- Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Site This site offers information about deterring identity theft and a link to the FTC Complaint Form.
- Arkansas Identity Theft Victim Passport If you have been a victim of identity theft, use this form to request assistance from the Arkansas Attorney General.
These fact sheets are Adobe Acrobat PDF files. You may need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.