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Identity Theft: Guides & Reports

2003 Changes to the Fair Credit Reporting Act: Important Steps Forward at a High Cost
Consumers Union, December 2003.
This article analyzes the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, which amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

A National Strategy to Combat Identity Theft
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), June 2006. 
The COPS Office funded Johns Hopkins University and the Major Cities Chiefs Association to examine the issues surrounding identity theft and the challenges for police in responding to the problem. They explored these issues through a series of focus groups and surveys of police practitioners, prosecutors, victims and victims’ advocates, and the federal and private sectors. Using what they learned, they developed a national strategy for law enforcement. This report describes the components of the national strategy and their interrelationships, and includes best practices or innovative responses that help to illustrate each component.

Check and Card Fraud
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2004.
The guide covers fraud involving all types of checks and plastic cards, including debit, charge, credit, and "smart" cards. Each can involve a different payment method. It then identifies a series of questions to help you analyze your local problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem, and what is known about them from evaluative research and police practice.

Debt Collection Practices: When Hardball Tactics Go Too Far
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, July 2006.
This Fact Sheet explains the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and other laws that apply to debt collectors. Describes how consumers can stop calls from collectors, how to correspond with them about an account, consumers' rights to privacy, and how debt collection efforts can affect one's job, credit report, and information in medical files.

Enhancing Law Enforcement-Identity Theft Victim Communication
Identity Theft Resource Center, April 2007.
Written as a tool for law enforcement officers working with identity theft cases, this fact sheet includes facts about victims of identity theft, developing victim guide sheets before meeting with the victim, the initial meeting, the victim as a "limited partner," and a list of resources.

Fair Credit Reporting Act
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), July 2004.
Full text of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and its revisions under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.

Financial Crimes: Investigation and Analysis
Workshop presentation from 2006 COPS Conference, "Community Policing: Leading the Way to a Safer Nation". The workshop focused on the most common types of financial crime including: disaster fraud, elder fraud, identity theft, and money laundering. Field experts also provided insight in identifying and investigating these complex financial crimes including a discussion on their connection to domestic and international terrorism.

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Identity Fraud and Transnational Crime  
Nathanson Center for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption, June 2000.
Explores the meaning and scope of identity fraud and its relationship to transnational organized crime; shows that identity fraud should be treated both as an independent crime and as the means to achieve greater criminal ends.

Identity Theft
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), June 2004.
This guide addresses the problem of identity theft. It begins by describing the problem and reviewing factors that increase the risks of it. The guide also identifies a series of questions that might assist you in analyzing your local problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these from evaluative research and police practice.

Identity Theft: A Bibliography of Federal, State, Consumer, and News Resources
Law Library Resource Xchange, LLC, September 2006.

Identity Theft and Identity Fraud
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section, June 2000.
A consumer’s guide to understanding identity theft and identity fraud.

Identity Theft: Greater Awareness and Use of Existing Data Are Needed
U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), June 2002.
Report to Representative Sam Johnson reviewing federal and state efforts to address identity theft. Provides results of prosecutions and convictions under the federal Identity Theft Act; results under statutes that provide state and local law enforcement officials with the tools to prosecute and convict; describes measures to promote cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement; and describes actions taken by the Social Security Administration and the Office of the Inspector General to resolve social security number misuse and other identity theft allegations during fiscal year 1999.

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Identity Theft Survey Report
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), September 2003.
Results of an FTC-sponsored telephone survey of adults in the U.S. with the objectives of estimating the incidence of identity theft, measuring the effects on the victims, identifying actions taken by the victims, and exploring means that may help future victims of identity theft.

Information Compromise and the Risk of Identity Theft: Guidance for Your Business
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), June 2004.
This publication provides general guidance for an organization that has experienced an information compromise.

Instructions for Completing the ID Theft Affidavit
Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Developed by the FTC, credit grantors, and consumer advocates, the instructions cover the ID Theft Affidavit and the Fraudulent Account Statement for use by victims of identity theft.

Joining Consumer Sentinel
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), June 2001.
Steps for law enforcement to take to sign up for the Consumer Sentinel network and the ID Theft Data Clearinghouse. Includes a confidentiality agreement to protect information when shared among law enforcement organizations.

Overview of the Identity Theft Program, October 1998 – September 2003
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), September 2003.
Discusses the actions taken by the FTC resulting from the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998 that directed the FTC to establish a federal government central repository (Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse) for identity theft complaints and to provide victim assistance and consumer education.

Provisions of the New Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act Will Help Reduce Identity Theft and Help Victims Recover
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), June 2004.
The FTC issued this Press Release on June 15, 2004.

Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), June 2005.
A guide for consumers to help guard against and recover from identity theft.

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