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Identity Theft

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Identity Theft

Identity Theft Resources Center (US Federal Trade Commission)
Preventing ID theft and damage control, straight from the federal government.

Victim Help With Filing an Identity Theft Report & A Police Report
File Both!  You get special legal protection when you file an ID Theft Report with the Federal Trade Commission.
Click Here for how to file with the FTC.

What To Do if Your Cell Phone Is Lost or Stolen

Internet Scams To Trick You Into Revealing Your Password & Personal Data
So, you got a message to click on this link so your email account or credit card won't be canceled.  Well it could be a trap!!!!!  And you could be directed to a bogus look alike website made to trick you into giving up your password, credit card # or other personal information.

Identity Theft Resource Center
Brochures and tips on numerous aspects of identity theft and how to protect yourself. Includes how to organize your case and firewall your computer.

ID Theft: Protecting Yourself After The Fact
Extensive checklist with links to important help agencies.

Clean Your Computer Tracks-Privacy Tools
Freeware that deletes Internet cache, spyware, etc. and erases your deleted files for good.

Coping with Identity Theft: What To Do When An Imposter Strikes
Are you a victim of ID theft? Scroll down for how to prevent it, who to contact and how to protect yourself after the fact.

Identity Theft, Step By Step What To Do  
Also Has Great Links For More Help

Identity Theft Laws In Every State  
Laws and/or Links For all 50 States

Your Wallet: A Loser's Manual

Classic Cons... And How to Counter Them  (Includes ID Theft)

Limits On Your Liability For Check Forgeries and Lost Credit,  Debit & ATM Cards

When Someone Else Uses Your Social Security Number

Student Records-Your Right To Keep Them Private (ACLU)
Also learn what you can see and what's off limits to you. 

How To Obtain A Copy Of Your Birth Certificate (General)
After ID theft, this may be needed to prove you're you. (Great Links And Brochures)

National Help Orgs For A Variety Of Consumer Problems
The Elderly, Environment, Families, Fraud, Health & Safety, Insurance The Handicapped, Medical Problems, Telemarketing and more.

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Changing Your Name & Social Security #
Recording Conversations
Blocking Unwanted Mail, Phone Calls & Email
Records Kept On You

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Changing Your Name & Social Security #

Changing Your Name: The Basics (CA)

Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security And Social Security#s
Use their search engine to find out how to change your Social Security# and much much more.

Changing Your Name On A Passport

FAQs On Name Changes (Not State Specific) (Great Links And Brochures)

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Recording Conversations

Taping Telephone Conversations (The Laws in all 50 States & DC)

Secretly Recording A Call Between Two States Where It's Legal In One State But Illegal In the Other State
Here a Georgia company was found liable in California for secretly recording conversations with California residents, even though this was legal in Georgia.  The California Supreme court found the act illegal in California and that the case could be heard in a California court, applying California law. Who called who was irrelevant in the court's analysis. See also the precautions you should take if you plan on recording phone calls and conversations. See also Other Cases on Recording Interstate Phone Calls.

Recording Telephone Conversations (FCC)

Privacy Resources On The Internet (Links & Descriptions)

Privacy Links (From The Privacy Rights Clearing House)

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Junk Mail, Spam & Telemarketers

The National Do Not Call Registry
Most telemarketers cannot call your telephone number if it is in the National Do Not Call Registry. You can register your home and mobile phone numbers for free. Your registration will be effective for five years.

Avoiding Spam-How To Bypass Compulsory Web Registration (
Get the news articles you want, without the Spam. Bypass the login of web sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information (such as the New York Times). Gives you a list of passwords and login ID's to use so you don't have to register.

Create A Fake Email Inbox To Get Passwords and Login Info Without Giving The Site Your Real Email Address (mailinater)
Want to Sign Up for The NY Times but not get the spam?
If your email address is required so you can get a password to log on, use mailinater to create a short-lived temporary email inbox. This allows you to get what you need from them without divulging your real email address. mailinater accounts are created when mail arrives for them. No signup, no personal
information, and when you're done - you can walk away. It's all free.

Individuals use Tor to keep websites from tracking them and their family members, or to connect to news sites, instant messaging services, or the like when these are blocked by their local Internet providers. Tor's hidden services let users publish web sites and other services without needing to reveal the location of the site. Individuals also use Tor for socially sensitive communication: chat rooms and web forums for rape and abuse survivors, or people with illnesses.

Privacy Clearing House Fact Sheets (Emphasis on California Law but good for everybody)
Learn what to do to stop junk mail, harassing phone calls and Identity Theft. Has numerous articles and tips.

Clean Your Computer Tracks-Privacy Tools
Freeware that deletes Internet cache, spyware, etc. and erases your deleted files for good.

André Bacard's Privacy Page
Scroll down for privacy websites, advice on surfing anonymously and getting rid of cookies.

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Records Kept On You

Your Privacy Rights: Payments by Check or Credit Card (CA)

Who Can View Your Credit Report?
Lists the legal and illegal reasons people can access your credit report under the Graham, Leach, Bliley Act.
See also This Google Search.

Keeping Your Medical Records Private
Know what protections and rights you have and what you can do if you believe they have been violated.

Clean Your Computer Tracks-Privacy Tools
Freeware that deletes Internet cache, spyware, etc. and erases your deleted files for good.

Obtain Your Own FBI File

Federal Privacy Act (Your Right To See Records Kept On You)
Scroll down to the United States (Lists many countries)

State Health Privacy Laws In All 50 States & DC!
The Health Privacy Project has prepared a summary of state health privacy statutes.  You can use this summary to: 
Learn generally about the kinds of protections afforded to you in your own state.

For More See Public Records

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Finding The Owner Of A Lost Cell Phone/What To Do If Yours Is Missing Returning a Lost Cell Phone my cell phone is missing lost stolen

  1. Use the Cell Phone to Call Yourself. See what name and # appears on your caller ID. See steps 7-9 if the cell phone doesn't work (dead battery, locked keypad, etc.). For Your own phone, see What To Do if Your Cell Phone Is Lost or Stolen;
  2. If the Owner's Name Appears, call one or two of the local contacts listed in the cell phone address book. Then arrange for pickup. Or you can lookup up the owner's land line through any of the Internet phone directories (see Internet Phone Books);
  3. If Caller ID Won't Display a Name or #, search the address book for a home number or for obvious family members i.e. HOME, MOM. UNCLE, BROTHER, etc. No obvious relatives? Then call other local contacts and ask if they know who's phone it is. Start with people who last called the phone. They might immediately recognize the #, but if not, have them search their own address book for who it belongs to;

  4. Still no luck? Then Plug the # into Google. Normally Google won't list cell phone numbers, but the owner's name and # may turn up on a posting of some sort. The posting may provide other contact info such as the person's land line or company phone #, etc. For best results, Google the # twice, both with and without parentheses, i.e. (404) 867-5309 and 404-867-5309;
  5. Got the name? See step two;
  6. Leave the Phone On, and see who calls! Return recent callbacks and ask who they just dialed. Then arrange for pickup;
  7. Put Their Sim Card Into Your Phone to get the #.(This may not work if they have a Different Service Provider); Or, if the keypad is locked, you may be able to unlock it and follow the steps above. Go to the manufacturer's homepage and find the online user manual. Somewhere in "security" or "privacy" the manufacturer will list the default lock code. If the person hasn't changed it, this will work. In some cases, the default code is either "0000" or the last four digits of the phone number;
  8. Call the Service Provider. You can give the SIM chip number or the IMEI (unique handset identifier) usually located in the battery casing and the service provider can find the account belonging to the handset. Depending on the service provider's internal policies, they will either take your contact information or pass it along to the lost cell phone's owner, or provide you with the owner's landline phone number but no name. Or you could take the phone to a local cell store to get them to contact the owner (assuming you know if it's Sprint, Nextel, T Mobile, etc.);

  9. When all else fails, go to the nearest lost and found where the owner would be expected to look for it. The latter works best when the phone was found near or inside a church, mall, school, or business, etc.). Note: Be mindful of where you return a cell phone. In the wrong hands, the owner of such could become another victim of identity theft.

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