Identity Theft

Legal Information

  • You Can Fight Identity Theft

    Information from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on a new type of Internet piracy called "phishing" - "fishing" for your personal financial information like account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers, and other confidential information that can be used to loot your checking account or run up bills on your credit cards Content Detail

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Recognizing and Preventing Identity Theft

    Consumer education brochure from the Pennsylvania Bar Association targeted to reduce America's fastest growing crime - identity theft. [PDF] Content Detail

    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 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

    U.S. General Services Adminiatration
  • Identitity Theft Central - Internal Revenue Service

    This website from the Internal REvenue Service offers information and services for people who have been victims of tax-related identity theft. Content Detail

    Internal Revenue Service
  • Identity Theft/Fraud

    Resources for victims of identity crimes, such as identity theft and identity fraud. Content Detail

    Victims Resource Center
  • Libel and Slander

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

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

    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

    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

    North Penn Legal Services
  • Phishing

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

    By: Trade Commission
  • Protecting Yourself From Financial Exploitation

    Information from the SeniorLAW Center (Philadelphia) on how to prevent financial exploitation. [PDF] Content Detail

    SeniorLAW Center (Philadelphia)
  • Report a Mail Crime

    If you have witnessed or fallen victim to a mail-related crime, take action by filing a report of the incident. Find the right form, appropriate for your situation, to file in order to report the criminal conduct. Content Detail

    United States Postal Inspection Services
  • Report Mail Fraud and Postal Fraud

    Online tool to report mail or postal fraud. Content Detail

    U.S. Postal Inspection Service