What Do I Do if I Become the Victim of Identity Theft?
Review the following guidelines:
Alert any financial institutions you do business with to flag your accounts and to inform you of any unusual activity.
Contact the DMV to see if another license was issued in your name. If so, request a new license number and fill out the DMV complaint form to start the investigation process.
Contact the Social Security Administration's Fraud hotline at 800-269-0271.
Contact the three main credit bureaus' Fraud unit to report Identity Theft. Ask to have a "Fraud Alert Victim" statement put in your credit file asking that creditors call you before opening any new accounts::
Equifax Fraud Unit: 800-525-6285
Experian Fraud Unit: 888-397-3742
TransUnion Fraud Unit: 877-IDTHEFT
Contact your creditors to inform them of the problem.
If fraudulent charges appear on your accounts, call the Consumer Credit Counseling Service at 800-388-2227 for help in clearing false claims from your credit report.
Notify the police and file a complaint.
To flag your account so that counterfeit checks will be refused, call these check guarantee companies:
International Check Services Company: 800-526-5380