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8.3 million Americans fall victim to identity theft each year

8.3 million Americans fall victim to identity theft each year.

For legislators: The Clean Credit and Identity Theft Protection Act: Model State Law (PDF) for states seeking to enact stronger protections for consumers.

For legislators: Model Bill to Reduce Solicitation, Mailing and Other Uses of SSNs

Lock up credit files with a security freeze

A security freeze lets you stop identity thieves from opening new accounts in your name. The freeze stops new potential creditors from seeing your consumer credit report and credit score. When you want to use your own credit record, you open your file with a PIN. Check below to see if your state has a security freeze law and learn how to use it.