If you suspect that your identity was stolen, it's essential to act quickly to mitigate potential damage and to prevent further harm. When you discover your identity has been stolen, here are some things you should do as soon as possible:
The steps above are intended to be the first response to an emergent identity theft incident. Unfortunately, the risk of further harm is not completely neutralized, as sensitive personal information may be bought and sold by cybercriminals well after the initial breach. Ongoing vigilance is required on your part to continuously check for new incidents of fraud. Below are some steps that are a best practice for everyone, but especially those that have been the victim of identity theft:
Identity theft can be a lengthy and challenging process to resolve. By promptly taking these steps and those referenced in part 2 of this series, you can minimize damage and work towards reclaiming and protecting your identity and financial security.