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Identity Theft Prevention Tips

Precautions

  • “Opt Out” of receiving pre-screened credit card offers by calling 1.888.567.8688.
  • Order a copy of your credit report frequently (www.annualcreditreport.com).
  • Remove your name from mailing, telephone and email solicitation lists.
    • Mailing/Telephone Solicitation:
      Mail Preference Service OR
      Telephone Preference Service
      Attn: Preference Service Manager
      Direct Marketing Association
      P.O. Box 3079
      Grand Central Station, NY 10163
    • National Do-Not-Call Registry:
      By telephone, call 1.888.382.1222
      (Home & cell phone numbers)
    • Pre-approved credit cards:
      Call toll-free 1.888.567.8688
      (will be requested to provide social security # for processing)
      To file a complaint about suspected violations, email
      fccinfo@fcc.gov, or call 1.888.225.5322.
  • Place a continuous credit “fraud alert” on your credit report.
  • Get a locking mailbox for incoming mail and use a USPS drop box for outgoing.
  • Place a hold on your mail when going on vacation.
  • Have banking checks mailed to your financial institution.
  • Keep a list of all your account numbers and the telephone numbers in case of loss/theft.

If You Are a Victim of Identity Theft

  • Close all affected accounts immediately. Request that they indicate “closed at consumer’s request.”
  • Call police and file a report. Get a copy for your records and to submit as proof to all creditors.
  • Contact all creditors/banks/credit reporting agencies.
  • Complete an I.D. Theft Affidavit.
  • Place a fraud alert on your credit report that requires creditors to contact you before opening any new accounts.
  • Stop payment on outstanding checks.
  • Request new ATM/credit cards.
  • Change all passwords and PINS.
  • Contact your Postal Inspection Service if you believe your mail has been tampered with.
  • Set up a folder to keep a detailed history of the crime. Keep a log of all your contacts and make copies of all documents.
  • Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to see if another license was issued in your name.

ID Theft Resources

3 Major Credit Reporting Agencies