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Identity theft is a criminal offense. It occurs when a person knowingly transfers or uses without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person with the intent to commit or to aid or abet any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of federal law or that constitutes a felony under any applicable state or local law.
If someone has stolen your identity, take three actions immediately.
- First, contact the fraud departments of each of the three major credit bureaus. Tell them to flag your file with a Fraud Alert/Victim Impact, a statement that creditors should call you for permission before they open any new accounts in your name.
- Second, contact the creditors for any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Ask to speak with someone in the security or fraud department, and follow up in writing.
- Third, file a report with local police. Afterwards, get a copy of the report in case the bank, credit card company, or others involved need proof of the crime.
Additional actions you can take if you are the victim of identity theft include:
- Contact all creditors, by phone and in writing, to inform them of the problem
- Call your nearest Postal Inspection Service office and your local police
- Contact the FTC ID Theft Division, 1-877-438-4338 or through the Internet, using the FTC online complaint form to report the problem or their ID Theft site. The FTC is the federal clearinghouse for consumer complaints about identity theft. The information you provide can help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies track, investigate, and prosecute identity thieves.
- Alert your bank to flag your accounts and to contact you to confirm unusual activity
- Request a change of PIN and new password on existing credit cards/ATM or debit cards if you believe your existing accounts have been wrongfully accessed
- Keep a log of all contacts and make copies of all documents
- Contact the Social Security Administration’s Fraud Hotline, 1-800-269-0271
- Contact the state office of the Department of Motor Vehicles to see if another license was issued in your name. If so, request a new license number and fill out the DMV’s complaint form to begin the fraud investigation process.
ID Theft Affidavit
To make certain that you do not become responsible for the debts incurred by the identity thief, you must provide proof that you didn’t create the debt to each of the companies where accounts were opened or used in your name.
A working group composed of credit grantors, consumer advocates and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) developed an ID Theft Affidavit to help you report information to many companies using just one standard form. Use of this affidavit is optional.
You can use this affidavit where a new account was opened in your name. The information will enable the companies to investigate the fraud and decide the outcome of your claim.
The affidavit has two parts:
- ID Theft Affidavit is where you report general information about yourself and the theft.
- Fraudulent Account Statement is where you describe the fraudulent account(s) opened in your name. Use a separate affidavit for each company you need to write to.
When you send the affidavit to the companies, attach copies of any supporting documents (e.g., drivers license, police report) you have.
- Complete this affidavit as soon as possible
- Be as accurate and complete as possible
- Send the appropriate documents to each company be certified mail, return receipt requested
- Keep a copy of everything you submit for your records
Medical ID Theft
Medical ID theft is on the rise as well. Many victims do not even take this into consideration. The following information will assist you in understanding what you should be aware of. Guard your Medical ID
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Childhelp USA National Hotline
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Hotline
Identity Theft Prevention and Survival
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