There are four basic steps that you should take if you believe you have been a victim of identity theft.
This is crucial to avoid new accounts being opened in your name. You only need to contact one of the three credit reporting agencies.
TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com
Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com
Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com
Contact the fraud departments of each company and find out what they require you to do. They may have fraud report forms or require fraud claims in writing. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
"Follow up in writing, and include copies (NOT originals) of supporting documents. It's important to notify credit card companies and banks in writing. Send your letters by certified mail, return receipt requested, so you can document what the company received and when. Keep a file of your correspondence and enclosures."
You can file a complaint with the FTC using the online complaint form; or call the FTC's Identity Theft Hotline, toll-free: 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338)
Call your local police department and tell them that you want to file a report about your identity theft.
This is an overview of the steps to take. To find out more in greater detail visit the FTC ID Theft website