Despite what some Hollywood movies might lead you to believe, identity theft is no laughing matter. It can destroy your credit, cause you years of aggravation, and even possibly cause you legal headaches.

With methods of stealing other peoples' identities constantly getting more complex, it is more important than ever to know what to do if it happens to you. Where do you start? Who should you call? And how do you do "damage control" on your credit file.

Here is a guide to get you started with the process. Also, bear in mind that this isn't only for victims, but those who suspect they could become a potential victim.