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Identity Theft: What To Do If You Become A Victim

Take These Steps

  • Set up a folder to keep a detailed history of this crime.
  • Keep a log of any contacts you make and make copies of all documents.
  • Contact all creditors by phone and in writing to inform them of the problems.
  • Notify the U.S. Postal Inspector if your mail has been stolen or tampered with:
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission to report the problem. The FTC is the federal clearinghouse for complaints by victims of identity theft. Their hotline number is 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338)

Credit Bureaus

Call each of the three credit bureaus' fraud units to report the identity theft. Ask to have a "Fraud Alert-Victim Impact" statement placed in your credit file asking that creditors call you before opening any new account.

Request that a copy of your credit report be sent to you.

PO Box 740241, Atlanta, Georgia 30374

  • To order report, call 1-800-685-1111
  • To report Fraud, call 1-888-766-0008

601 Experian Parkway, Allen Texas 75013

  • To order report, call 1-888-397-3742
  • To report Fraud, call 1-888-397-3742

Trans Union
PO Box 390, Springfield, Pennsylvania 19064

  • To order report, call 1-800-888-4213
  • To report fraud, call 1-800-680-7289

Alert your banks to flag your account and contact you to confirm any unusual activity. Request a change of PIN and a new password.

If you have checks stolen or bank accounts set up fraudulently, report to:

  • National Check Fraud Service 1-843-571-2143
  • SCAN 1-800-262-7771
  • TeleCheck 1-800-710-9898 or 1-800-927-0188
  • CheckRite 1-800-766-2748
  • CrossCheck 1-707-586-0551
  • International Check Services 1-800-526-5380
  • Contact the Social Security Administration's Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.
  • Contact the state Motor Vehicle Administration to see if another license was issued in your name. If so, request a new license number and fill out the MVA complaint form to begin the fraud investigation process.

Additional Information

  • Obtain description of suspect (if known).
  • Obtain witness information.
  • Attach all supporting documentation.

Revised June 3, 2015

Revised April 6, 2016         


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