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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Identity Theft issues in Pennsylvania.

  • Consumer Action Handbook

    The General Services Administration (GSA) updates and publishes this valuable resource every year. In this handbook, the GSA's Office of Citizen Services brings you the latest information on your consumer rights and responsibilities. Content Detail

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    U.S. General Services Adminiatration
  • Consumer Letters for Victims of Identity Theft

    The Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network, a national network of coalitions around the country, along with partners at Kansas Legal Services and Pro Bono Net, have developed this tool to help victims of identity theft draft letters to creditors, letters to debt collectors and letter to credit bureaus. These letters allow victims to alert creditors of unauthorized charges, petition to have fraudulent charges removed from their credit reports, and better assist police when filing reports. Read More

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    Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network
  • Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Website

    This website is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft. Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
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    Spanish / Español
  • How to Fix Criminal Identity Theft On Your Pennsylvania State Police Record

    Information from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia on how to deal with criminal identity theft - where someone who is arrested gives your name, date of birth, and/or Social Security number to the authorities. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number

    Information from the Social Security Administration on protecting your Social Security number and preventing identity theft. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Social Security Administration
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    French / Français
    Haitian Creole / Kreyòl Ayisyen
    Italian / Italiano
    Polish / Język Polski
    Portuguese / Português
    Tagalog / Pilipino
  • Identity Theft - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

    The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General has created a comprehensive web-based Identity Theft Toolkit to help the people of the Commonwealth protect themselves from predators and begin the recovery process. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
  • Identity Theft: Rapid Response Tips (Video)

    It's important to act quickly once your identity is stolen. The Federal Trade Commission offers these immediate steps you can take to help minimize the damage to your account and credit. Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
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    Spanish / Español
  • Identity Theft Report

    Filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission is one of several important steps that victims of identity theft should take. This can help you in recovering from identity theft and help law enforcers catch identity thieves. Read More

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    Federal Trade Commission
  • Identity Theft: Stealing Your Name and Your Money

    Information from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on how to protect yourself from Identity Theft and where to get help if you are victimized. Content Detail

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    U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • Identy Theft Resources from the FTC

    The Federal Trade Commision publications listed here can help consumers learn about various aspects of identity theft. Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
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    Spanish / Español
  • IRS Identity Theft FAQ: Going After The Bad Guys (Video)

    This video from the Internal Revenue Service explains what the IRS is doing to combat identity theft and how law enforcement can help. Read More

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    Internal Revenue Service
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    Spanish / Español
  • Libel and Slander

    Information on the law of libel and slander from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Consumer Safety Issues (Audio-MP3) audio

    Episode of Northwestern Legal Services' "Access to Justice" Radio show broadcast on JET 1400 AM in Erie, PA on 7/26/07. Consumer legal issues in Pennsylvania such as cyber safety, identity theft, and the do-not-call list are discussed with Attorney General Tom Corbett. (27:32) Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Petition to Waive Court Costs

    Click the document title to be linked to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a Petition to Waive Court Fees which can be used to ask the Pennsylvania Court for permission to file legal papers for free. This form can be used in most types of court cases in Pennsylvania. Approval to waive fees is not automatic. You will need to ask the Court to approve your Petition. Instructions will be included. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form; you will need to answer questions while connected to the Internet. IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word to print your documents. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Phishing

    The OnGuardOnline.gov suggests these tips to help you avoid getting hooked by a phishing scam. Content Detail

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    OnGuardOnline.gov/Federal Trade Commission