Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Resources for Combating Identity Theft

If you or someone you know has become an identity theft victim, the FTC recommends the following steps:
  1. Make a fraud alert. Contact the three major credit houses and place a fraud alert on your accounts.
    1. Equifax (800.525.6285; www.equifax.com)
    2. Experian (888.397.3742; www.experian.com)
    3. TransUnion (800.680.7289; www.transunion.com)
  2. Close affected accounts. If you know of an account that has been fradulently opened in your name, close it. Use new PIN numbers when you open new accounts.
  3. File a police report. Send a copy of the report to your creditors to show proof of a crime. Be sure to keep a copy of the report for your files.
  4. File a complaint with the FTC. The FTC provides assistance to victims of identity theft and provides a free credit report. Contact the FTC Consumer Response Center at 877.438.4338.
Here are 3 additional links for finding out more about Identity Theft:

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