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Message from Attorney General
Far too many Arizonans have been victims of
identity theft. Repairing damage to your credit
and reputation often requires considerable
time and resources.
Most victims of identity theft don’t even know
they are victims until it is too late. This guide
provides useful tips to help you reduce the
risk of identity theft or to minimize the dam-
age if the worst happens and someone has
already stolen your identity.
The recent string of high-profile data security
breaches involving loss, thefts or misuse
of millions of customer files is a serious
problem for businesses, lawmakers and the
public. Government and businesses are
taking steps to better protect their databases.
It is one thing to prevent someone from rum-
maging through your mail or your trash look-
ing for credit card receipts and statements
to steal. But, it is more difficult to protect
yourselves when electronic databases are
I am working to fight identity theft through
tougher law enforcement, tighter laws, more
consumer education and cooperation with
banks and businesses to better safeguard
your personal information.
Identity theft is a crime of convenience.
Together we can make it inconvenient for
identity thieves to operate in Arizona.
IdentIty theft | Message from your Attorney General
The information contained within this booklet is for educational
purposes only and should not be substituted for the advice of an
attorney licensed to practice law in Arizona.
table of Contents
What is Identity Theft?
How do they get my personal information?
What do they do with it?
How do I know if I am a victim?
When Your IdentItY Is stolen
Step 1: Filing a Police Report
Step 2: Closing Accounts
Step 3: Fraud Alert