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What if Identity Theft happens to me?

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Identity Theft Prevention

Q. What if Identity Theft happens to me?

A: Unfortunately, Identity Theft can strike any of us. If you have been a victim of Identity Theft, here are some steps you can take to minimize the impact:

  1. Contact your financial institution(s) about the situation and close any accounts that have been affected or that have been opened fraudulently
  2. Contact the three major credit bureaus, review reports for any other signs of Identity Theft and place a "Fraud Alert" on your credit reports
    • Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
    • Experian: 1-888-397-3742
    • TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
  3. File a police report
  4. Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission
    • 1-877-438-4338 or TTY 1-866-653-4261
    • Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580
  5. Document the entire process
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