What to do if you have identity theft

What to do if you have Identity Theft

 

  1. Call companies where you know fraud occurred   

            Call the Fraud Department. Explain what happened.

            Ask them to close or freeze the accounts.

            Change logins, passwords, and PINs on your accounts.

     2. Place a fraud alert and get your credit reports.

         Get your free credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

         Go to annualcreditreport.com.

    3. Put a freeze on your credit file with each of the three credit bureaus.

https://www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/credit-freeze/

https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/credit-education/preventing-fraud/security-freeze/

https://www.transunion.com/credit-freeze

    4. Report the Identity Theft with the FTC – https://www.identitytheft.gov/#/assistant

    5. File a Police report with your local police department. Most creditors require you to file a police                report when you contest fraudulent charges.

    6. Write to each of the three credit bureaus. This sample letter can help.

         Include a copy of your FTC Identity Theft Report and proof of your identity, like your name,                       address, and Social Security number.

         Explain which information on your report came from identity theft.

         Ask them to block that information.

         TransUnion.com

         Fraud Victim Assistance Department

         P.O. Box 2000

         Chester, PA 19016

         1-800-680-7289

         Equifax.com

         P.O. Box 105069

         Atlanta, GA 30348-5069

         1-800-525-6285

         Experian.com

         P.O. Box 9554

         Allen, TX 75013

         1-888-397-3742

    7. Monitor your credit report often! https://www.lendersccs.com/credit-monitoring-service