As a partner with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), WhatIsIDTheft.com is a free website that gives out information about various types of Identity Theft. While there isn't a procedure that provides 100% protection against ID Theft there are various ways to dramatically reduce its risk to individuals, companies and other types of organizations. The FTC and other government organizations consider ID Theft as one of the fastest and complicated crimes in the United States. Soon, WhatIsIDTheft.com will offer free consultations to individuals via the telephone as well as in house corporate and small business presentations to employees as well as informational gatherings in community settings such as churches, universities, colleges, and various other organizations. In other words, at WhatIsIDTheft.com, we want to get the word out to everyone no matter the venue.
I read a novel not too long ago. It mentioned WhatIsIDTheft.com. When I went to that site and clicked on the FTC link I decided to check my credit reports. I was a victim of ID Theft and didn't even know it! It wasn't too bad yet. If I hadn't started dealing with it at that time however it would have become real nightmare according to the police. ID Theft can evolve and grow with each particular victim over time. It's an awfully complicated crime.
All I can recommend is for someone to look at their credit reports and get some kind of preventive protection. Once someone is a victim he or she is always at risk. The AnnualCreditReport.com site is the only truly free way to check your credit reports. You can check each of the three main reporting companies once a year. I suggest you check one at a time with four months between each request. This allows for a continuous check without a year long gap in-between checks. The three are Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.