ID Theft Resources

Your identity is worth a lot to you — and to identity thieves. That’s why identity thieves prey on your personal information to commit crimes and make money. Learn how to help protect against ID theft or recover from it, whether you’re at home or on the road.

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Is identity theft protection worth it in 2024, really?
No one can stop identity theft, but identity theft protection services can help. Read our guide to learn why the best identity theft protection services are worth getting.
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How common is identity theft in 2024? 24 identity theft statistics
Find out how common identity theft is, areas and ages affected most by identity theft, and other identity theft statistics.
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How to prevent identity theft: 19 security tips
Learn how to prevent identity theft and protect your personally identifiable information with these security tips.
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How to recover from identity theft in 11 steps
Are you a victim of identity theft? Our guide walks through each step of identity theft recovery and offers prevention tips for the future.
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A Day in the Life of a Restoration Specialist
Learn about prevention tips and LifeLock's 100% guarantee.
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Victims of identity theft: Who is targeted and why?
Discover who the most common victims of identity theft are, why they’re targeted, and how you can protect yourself.
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Protect your identity while traveling this summer
Learn how to protect your identity while traveling with essential tips on device security, VPN use, and monitoring financial activities.
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What is synthetic identity theft + how does it work?
Follow this comprehensive guide to learn how synthetic identity theft works, how you can spot it, and the steps you can take to help keep your identity safe.
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Child identity theft: How to protect your child
A child’s safety is a parent’s top concern. But what about their identity? Read this guide to learn how to keep your child's identity safer.
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How common is identity theft in 2024? 24 identity theft statistics
Find out how common identity theft is, areas and ages affected most by identity theft, and other identity theft statistics.
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How to prevent identity theft: 19 security tips
Learn how to prevent identity theft and protect your personally identifiable information with these security tips.
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Tax scams: 15 IRS scams and how to avoid them
Our beginner-friendly guide breaks down 15 of the most common tax scams and tips on how to avoid them.
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Stop leaving your personal information lying around in public
Using digital devices for work and play can leave parts of our identity out for the taking in public. Here are some new habits to help keep your personal information safe in public.
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10 warning signs of identity theft
Unlike with other crimes, it’s entirely possible for you to be a victim of identity theft and not even know it. Here are ten warning signs.
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W-2 Phishing Scam: What It Is and How To Help Protect Against It
Get advice from LifeLock about W-2 phishing scams and how to help protect against them. Learn steps you can take to help avoid hackers getting your personal information through a W-2 phishing scheme.
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6 back-to-school scams and how to avoid them
Back-to-school scams vary. Here are some common back-to-school scams, how they work, and how students and parents can help avoid them.
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The rise of tax-related identity theft on social media
Social media platforms have evolved into spaces where privacy is compromised, leading to an increase in tax-related identity theft.
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The dangers of fake tax preparer scams
This tax season, watch out for scams where fraudsters posing as professional tax preparers and steal personal and financial information.
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Account takeover attacks (ATO) and prevention tips
Account takeovers happen when hackers strongarm their way into accounts to steal money, information, or services.
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How to recover from identity theft in 11 steps
Are you a victim of identity theft? Our guide walks through each step of identity theft recovery and offers prevention tips for the future.
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What identity experts want you to know about protecting your identity.
LifeLock Identity Restoration Specialists have seen it all when it comes to identity theft. Here’s their advice for anyone wanting to step up their identity protection game.
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Just married? A guide to changing your name safely
How to unravel the safe steps to change your name seamlessly and be aware of the pitfalls on the road to your wedding day.
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Navigating the aftermath of identity theft
Worried about identity theft? Alex was too. Here's how he navigated the aftermath - and how LifeLock can help.
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If your identity is ever stolen, these are the people who’ve got your back
When scammers try to destroy your credit, take loans in your name, or steal your personal information, a LifeLock Restoration Specialist is the human who helps you get back to normal.
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That misdelivered email or letter could come back to bite you
Misdelivered mail or email can be the result of an innocent mistake. But before you trash it, shred it, or return to sender, take a closer look. It could be a sign that you’re being scammed or targeted for identity theft.
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Appily ever after: A modern-day holiday romance
When social media royalty swipes right on a digital minimalist a true love connection is made.
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Carders and cashers are tag-teaming to steal your identity. Don’t let them
When your credit card numbers are being traded on the dark web, ignorance is not bliss. Learn about carders, cashers, and your identity.
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Cracking the code: How scammers piece together your identity in the digital age
What are the unintended consequences of shared data? See how seemingly anonymized information can be deciphered by digital detectives on the wrong side of the law.
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‘Tis the season of personal info protection
The holiday season is a time of joy and sharing. We gather with our loved ones to exchange gifts, swap stories, and break bread. However, as we embrace the spirit of giving, there's one aspect of our lives that we must cling to: our identity.
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6 tips to protect against a fantasy football data breach
Fantasy sports aren’t immune from data breaches. But you can take steps to protect your information if your league is hit by a breach.
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How to check if someone is using my identity
Learn how to check if someone is using your identity and the steps to take to protect yourself from identity theft by reading this guide.
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Navigating the dangers of online gaming
As gifting season draws closer, new games and consoles might appear under the tree. Familiarize yourself with the dangers of online gaming to help everyone stay safe while they play.
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Four words that may get you scammed
You never really know who or what is on the other side of that call. Make sure you know what to do when asked, “can you hear me?”
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Could the scariest Halloween mask be… You?
Enjoy this spooky season without fear of cybercriminals using your personal information as their costume.
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Is identity theft protection worth it in 2024, really?
No one can stop identity theft, but identity theft protection services can help. Read our guide to learn why the best identity theft protection services are worth getting.
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What to do if your identity is stolen: 12-step guide
Follow this 12-step guide to learn exactly what to do if your identity is stolen, from contacting relevant companies to placing a freeze on your credit report.
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Ghost stories: Identity theft of people who have passed away
The last thing you want to think about during your time of grief is fraud. Learn how to protect your loved one’s name and legacy.
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Six things someone could learn about you from your wallet
You’ve lost your wallet. How worried should you be? Maybe quite a bit. It all depends on what’s inside it.
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About the time I got on the phone with a scammer
Phone scams are more sophisticated than ever, a lesson I learned best when I found myself on the phone with a scammer
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What is medical identity theft? + Prevention tips for 2024
Medical identity theft occurs when someone steals and uses personal medical information to file false claims. Learn how to protect your medical identity today.
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Starting college? Don’t major in identity theft
Ready to earn your minor in online safety? Here’s our study guide for avoiding identity theft while in college.
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What to do if you lose your passport
Learn what to do if you lose your passport, what documents you need to gather, and how to apply for a replacement in this comprehensive guide.
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Online safety advice parents should share with their kids
So you’ve got a young person ready to go out into the world? Don’t miss these tips you can pass on to help them stay cybersafe.
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If You’re Recovering From Parental Identity Theft, Read This First
Child identity theft is leaving many young adults with crippled finances. Restoring your identity can take time, but recovery is possible.
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How to report identity theft to the FTC, police + more
If someone stole your identity, you're probably wondering how to report identity theft. To learn how, follow this identity theft reporting guide.
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Family identity theft: A protection guide for 2023
Family identity theft can do more damage than fraud from a stranger. We’ll explain the red flags and proper responses to family fraud to help stay protected.
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LifeLock’s Million Dollar Protection™ Package: What is it and what does it cover?
Everything you need to know about LifeLock's Million Dollar Protection™ Package, including what it covers and how it can help protect you and your family from the fallout from identity theft.
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Military identity theft: What you need to know + tips
Learn why identity thieves target service members. Find out how military members can help protect against identity theft.
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Q&A: Is It safe to sign in with Google or Facebook?
Should you use social logins such as Facebook to sign into your accounts? For privacy and security reasons, it's probably best to stick with a good old-fashioned email or username and password.
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How to protect your Social Security number: 10 SSN tips - LifeLock
Protecting your Social Security number is smart because, in the wrong hands, your SSN might lead to various types of identity theft or fraud. These tips can help.
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Can Your Identity Be Stolen With Only a Name and Address?
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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Check-date fraud: Date your checks “2020” — here’s why
If you don’t date your checks by using the full four-digit year in 2020, you could increase your chance of becoming a victim of check fraud.
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Child Identity Theft by a Parent: What You Need to Know
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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5 child identity theft facts you need to know
In this article, we’ll share some child identity theft statistics and facts, so you can stay on the alert, recognize red flags, and help keep your child’s identity safe.
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Debit vs. Credit Card ID Theft
Most credit card companies allow 90 days for a victim to report an unauthorized transaction, while banks generally require a two-day notice for unauthorized debit card purchases.
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What to Do If Your Identity Is Stolen: 14 Steps
If you become a victim of identity theft, you should take immediate steps. Here’s what you need to do.
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Dumpster Diving
“Dumpster Diving” – literally digging through your trash – remains a popular method for stealing large amounts of your personal information.
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15 Facts You Have to Know About Identity Theft
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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How to help protect yourself against identity theft — because prevention is impossible
You may have wondered how to help protect yourself from identity theft, particularly if you know others who’ve experienced it. Learn more from LifeLock.
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How a Silent Phone Call Could Lead to Identity Theft
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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How long does it take to recover from identity theft?
How long it takes to recover from identity theft depends on how much damage criminals cause, how many accounts they’ve hacked, and how many illegal purchases they’ve made.
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3 Ways to Help Protect Against Medical ID Theft
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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How to quickly replace a stolen or lost Social Security card
Has your social security card been lost or stolen? Get expert advice from LifeLock on how to quickly replace it.
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Reporting Identity Theft to Police: Steps to Take and Things to Know
If someone steals your identity, you’ll probably want to know how to report identity theft to police. You can find that information here.
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How to Report Identity Theft to the Credit Bureaus
Identity theft affects millions of Americans every year. Learn how to notify the credit reporting agencies of identity theft and what to expect once you do.
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What is identity theft insurance + is it worth it?
Learn about identity theft insurance, what it usually covers, how it works, and where to get it, so you can decide if it's worth buying.
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Credit monitoring vs. identity theft protection: What’s the difference?
Do you know the difference between ID theft protection & credit monitoring? Find out now and learn more about which one may be best for you.
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Identity Theft vs. Identity Fraud - What's the Difference?
Learn about the difference between identity theft and identity fraud. Be prepared and find out how you can help protect yourself with LifeLock.
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Is Identity Theft Protection Worth It or Not?
It's an important question: Is identity theft protection worth it? No one can stop ID theft, but credit and identity theft monitoring services can help.
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5 Kinds of ID Theft Using a Social Security Number
It is important to know what criminals can do with your social security number so you know how to recognize red flags. Learn more from LifeLock.
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4 Lasting Effects of Identity Theft
The impact of identity theft can last for months or years. In this article, we’ll discuss the 4 different ways victims can be affected by identity theft.
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10 steps to take if your wallet is lost or stolen
What should you do if your wallet is lost or stolen? Take these steps to minimize damage and prevent financial or identity fraud.
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What happens if you lose your Social Security card?
If you lose your Social Security card, helping to protect yourself against identity theft matters most. Find out how to replace your lost or stolen SSN card here.
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Online identity theft: What it Is and how it happens
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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5 Reasons Why a Credit Freeze Isn’t Enough to Help Protect Against Identity Theft
Did you know a credit freeze may not prevent identity theft? Learn about the different ways your personal information can be used after a breach and what steps you can take to help prevent identity thieves from doing so.
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How to Remove Personal Information From the Internet
If you’re ready to help protect your identity, here’s how to remove personal information from the internet.
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Seniors at Risk for ID Theft
According to the National Crime Prevention Council, senior citizens are more at risk to be targeted by telemarketing scams than other age groups.
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Seniors: Victims of Identity Theft
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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Is Your Small Business a Big Target for Identity Thieves?
As a small business owner, you may think identity thieves wouldn’t be interested because you’re not a giant corporation with a lot of money and information.
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Steps to Help You Recover from 5 Kinds of Identity Theft
If you are a victim of identity theft, you need to take action—and quickly. Learn some of the steps to consider as you take on the task of restoring your identity.
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Why Teens Are at Risk for Identity Theft
Identity theft is more common among kids, teens and college students than any other age group.
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7 Things to Know About Your New Medicare Card
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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Identity Theft Recovery
If someone steals your identity, you could face costs and hassles. Find out what to do to help restore your personal and financial life, and your good name.
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Fraud
Identity thieves can profit from your personal information by committing identity fraud in your name. Learn how to spot and help protect against identity theft.
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Internet Security
You want your online activity to have protection. That goes for shopping, banking, and having fun. Learn more about internet security from LifeLock.
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Data Breaches
If your information is exposed, a data breach can lead to identity theft. Learn what to do if you’re affected by a data breach.
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LifeLock Blog Home
Read our expert tips and advice to help protect yourself from identity theft. Learn about data breaches, fraud, credit, and internet security from the pros at LifeLock by Norton.
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