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21 steps if your identity is stolen

Identity theft accounted for 255,000, or 37 percent, of more than 686,683 complaints registered with the FTC in 2005. These figures mark the sixth year in a row where identity theft has topped the list of complaints filed with this agency. The most commonly reported form of identity theft was credit card fraud, followed by phone or utilities fraud, and bank (electronic funds transfer) and employment fraud.

You can reduce your risks for identity theft, but you don't have control over government agencies, hospitals, or retail stores that manage to lose your personal information. The following list will walk you through the steps that will help you recover your identity and restore your credit rating.

The story goes on to explain the 21 steps to take when you're identity has been stolen. Good reading, good to know.

(HT: Bruce Schneier)