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Last Updated: 18-Jun-2009
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Information Technology Services: Identity Theft Victims

Steps to take if you suspect you are a victim of identity theft

  1. Place a fraud alert on your credit reports, and review your credit reports.
    Fraud alerts can help prevent an identity thief from opening any more accounts in your name. Contact the toll-free fraud number of any of the three credit bureaus below to place a fraud alert on your credit report. You only need to contact one of the three companies to place an alert. The company you call is required to contact the other two, which will place an alert on their versions of your report, too. If you do not receive a confirmation from a company (they mail them to you via the US Postal Service), you should contact that company directly to place a fraud alert.

    You may also want to consider placing a credit freeze on your credit reports.

    Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

    Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013

    TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790  
     
  2. Close the accounts that you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
    Call and speak with someone in the security or fraud department of each company. Follow up in writing, and include copies (NOT originals) of supporting documents. It's important to notify credit card companies and banks in writing. Send your letters by certified mail, return receipt requested, so you can document what the company received and when. Keep a file of your correspondence and enclosures.

    By law, companies must give you a copy of the application or other business transaction records relating to your identity theft if you submit your request in writing. Once you have resolved your identity theft dispute with the company, ask for a letter stating that the company has closed the disputed accounts and has discharged the fraudulent debts. This letter is your best proof if errors relating to this account reappear on your credit report or you are contacted again about the fraudulent debt.
     
  3. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
    You can file a complaint with the FTC using the online complaint form at ftc.gov/idtheft; or call the FTC's Identity Theft Hotline, toll-free: 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338); TTY: 1-866-653-4261; or write Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580. Be sure to call the Hotline to update your complaint if you have any additional information or problems.
     
  4. File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.
    Call your local police department and tell them that you want to file a report about your identity theft. Ask them if you can file the report in person. When you go to your local police department to file your report, bring a printed copy of your FTC ID Theft Complaint form, your cover letter (from step 3), and your supporting documentation. The cover letter explains why a police report and an ID Theft Complaint are so important to victims.
     
  5. If the theft involves your driver’s license or other government-issued identification: Contact the agency that issued the license or other identification document. Follow its procedures to cancel the document and to get a replacement. Ask the agency to flag your file so that no one else can get a license or any other identification document from them in your name.

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Alerts & Freezes
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   Fraud Alerts
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Look for the signs
Be alert to signs that require immediate attention:
• Bills that do not arrive as expected – they changed your address or stole your mail
• Unexpected credit cards or account statements
• Denials of credit for no apparent reason
• Calls or letters about purchases you did not make
• Charges on existing accounts that you did not make.
FTC ID Theft Web Site
Federal Trade Commissions ID Theft website
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