Federal Trade Commission Website for Info on Identity Theft
This site is maintained by the Federal Trade Commission (Bookmark) and is the U.S. government's central website for information about identity theft. How can someone steal your identity?
By co-opting your name, Social Security number, credit card number, or some other piece of your personal information or their own use. In short, identity theft occurs when someone appropriates your personal information without your knowledge to commit fraud or theft. Site describes various ways that identity thieves work along with consumer alerts, and how to file a complaint.