Take These Steps Immediately If Your Identity is Stolen

In many cases, extraneous charges on a credit card account are the first indication that an individual’s personal identity has been stolen.  Unauthorized credit applications will appear in the mailbox in the weeks following this disastrous event.  Upon discovery, the consumer must act now to stem the tide of destructive practices.

  • Flag credit report – Contact one of the three credit bureaus and request that a fraud alert be attached to your credit report.  The other two companies will be contacted through the first company.  This initial fraud alert will remain attached for 90 days.
    • Equifax 1’800’525’6285
    • Experian 1’888’397’3742
    • TransUnion 1’800’680’7289
  • Order all credit reports – Request a copy of your credit reports from all three credit bureaus.  A thorough review will alert you to the fraudulent accounts that have been opened.  Signs of fraud must be reported according to the credit bureau’s website instructions.
  • Establish an ID theft report – Two actions will work together to create an identity theft report, which will allow you to remove fraudulent credit information, stop collections and obtain information about fraudulent accounts.  File a complaint on the FTC website to create an FTC Affidavit.  Visit your local police department to file a police report.  Obtain a copy of the police report.

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