If you believe that your identity has been compromised or stolen, it's important to act quickly.
The exact steps that you need to take will depend on your personal situation, but as a general rule, it is a good idea to contact the police, your bank and other important organisations immediately. If you're not sure who to consider inoperable, we suggest notifying the same companies you'd let know about a change of address.
You should also reach out to IDCARE, order a copy of your credit report, and put a block on enquiries while you're at it. We also suggest changing all passwords and letting those close to you know what has happened so they don't inadvertently fall prey to the same thief. Depending on the way in which your identity has been compromised, you may need to lock down (or even delete) your social accounts.
It is also wise to keep an eye out for any strange happening in your physical world as well as with your online presence, and anything that feels off should be reported to the police so they can add it to their file.