Have you given out information to someone who may use it for fraud?
Do you believe you are a victim of identity theft?
Actions to take:
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- Document all the names and phone numbers of everyone you speak to regarding the incident. Follow up phone calls with letters. Keep copies of all correspondence.
- Call your Bank(s) and Credit card issuers immediately.
Close any accounts that may have been compromised.
Close any accounts that were opened without your consent.
- Contact your local police department to file an Identity Theft Report.
- Contact the 3 major credit reporting agencies.
Request the agencies place a fraud alert and a victim's statement in your file.
Request a copy of your credit report to check if any accounts were opened without your consent.
Request that the agencies remove inquires and fraudulent accounts stemming from the theft.
- Contact the Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline to report the unauthorized use of your social security number.
800-269-0271 Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST
- Notify the Dept. of Motor Vehicles of the theft and check to see if any driver's licenses have been issued in your name.
- Notify the passport office to be on the lookout for anyone ordering a passport in your name.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. www.ftc.gov
This is an excellent site on actions to take for identity theft. Ask for a free copy of "ID Theft: When Bad Things Happen in Your Good Name".
- File a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.