Scams and Frauds

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, identity theft is a crime in which an impostor obtains key pieces of personal identifying information (PII) such as Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers, and uses them for their own personal gain. You may feel that you have been the victim of identity theft or another type of fraud or scam.  See the following tools and resources to help you fight back:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) provides tips on identity theft protection following the Equifax data breach.

Victims of Consumer Fraud


Victims of Consumer Fraud webpage for the Attorney General of Massachusetts

Identity Theft Resources

Massachusetts and Tools

Identity theft resources from the Attorney General of Massachusetts

Federal Trade Commission

Resource and Tool

This Consumer Information from the Federal Trade Commission offers directions on what to do if you believe that you are the victim of identity theft, tips on how to keep your personal information safe, and sample letters and forms.

The Loan Modification and Scam Alert

Resource and Tool

The Loan Modification Scam Alert Campaign empowers homeowners to protect themselves against loan modification scams, find trusted help, and report illegal activity to authorities.

The Center for Responsible Lending

Resource and Tool

Website for the Center for Responsible Lending.

The Identity Theft Resource Center


The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a non-profit, nationally respected organization dedicated exclusively to the understanding of identity theft and related issues. The ITRC provides victim and consumer support as well as public education. The ITRC also advises governmental agencies, legislators, law enforcement, and businesses about the evolving and growing problem of identity theft.

Guides for Identity Theft Protection


This guide was designed to help others avoid identity theft: what to look for, how to prevent it, and what to do if it happens to you.


Provides detailed information and tools allowing for a greater understanding of identity fraud and its prevention.

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