Washington

Identity theft

Legal Information

Consumer

In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find general legal information and resources about identity theft issues in Washington state.

  • Video - Identity Theft

    Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It’s a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation — and can take time, money, and patience to resolve. Read More

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Identity Theft & Privacy

    Technological advances have made data-gathering and information-sharing easier than ever before, but this is a double-edged sword for consumers and businesses. Access to personal information (including Social Security numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, and personal buying habits) allows businesses to target audiences and customize sales efforts. But it also permits unwelcome invasions of personal privacy through telemarketing calls, fraudulent sales pitches and other uses consumers never intended. Read More

    By:
    Washington State Attorney General
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Identity Theft: Self-Help Form Letters

    If your identity has been stolen, it is important that you protect yourself and your finances. This free program can help you create letters to Creditors, Debt Collectors, and the Credit Bureau when your identity has been stolen. Read More

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Credit Freeze and Fraud Alert

    Several tools are available to help identity theft victims and potential victims in Washington. Instructions are provided for obtaining a credit report security freeze, a fraud alert or a free copy of your credit report. Which option is right for you will depend on your situation and eligibility. Read More

    By:
    Washington State Attorney General