IDENTITY THEFT VICTIMS: IMMEDIATE STEPS
- Place a fraud alert on your credit reports and review your credit reports.
Please see below for information on ordering a free copy of your credit report.
- Close the accounts that you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently, including banking and credit cards.
- File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
www.consumer.gov/idtheft, or call 1-877-438-4338.
Identity theft and fraud are serious crimes. A criminal who steals personal information can inflict a lot of damage in a hurry – all in your name. The effects of identity theft can be overwhelming for victims and their families.
ORDER A FREE COPY OF YOUR CREDIT REPORT
An amendment to the federal Fair Credit Report Act requires each of the major nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months.
To order your free annual report from one or all the national consumer reporting companies, visit: www.annualcreditreport.com; call toll-free: 1-877-322-8228; or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to:
Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281
We also encourage you to visit the following links for more information and resources on identity theft.