How do I protect my identity?
The Federal Trade Commission has provided consumers with a helpful, easy-to-follow Web page, Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft. The information on this page is downloadable as a PDF.
What should I do if I think I might be a victim of identity theft?
If you suspect someone has tried to use, or otherwise compromised, your personal identity information – your Social Security Number or a bank account number, for example – please consult the following helpful sources for information on what actions you need to take.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
- Protecting Your Identity
- Repairing Identity Theft
- Call or write the Consumer Response Center at the FTC:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
1-877-ID THEFT (877-438-4338)
Consumer Response Center, FTC
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20580.
Privacy Rights Clearing House:
Credit bureau contacts:
- Equifax, (800) 525-6285, http://www.equifax.com
- Experian, (888) 397-3742, http://www.experian.com
- TransUnion, (800) 680-7289, http://www.transunion.com