Steps to take to prevent further ID Theft/Fraud/Harm
If you have been the victim of ID theft or fraud the following steps should be taken to eliminate further harm.
- Place a fraud alert on your credit report by contacting one of the following credit reporting agencies. The agency with which you file will contact the other agencies.
A.) TRANSUNION 1-800-680-7289 www.transunion.com
B.) EQUIFAX 1-800-525-6285 www.equifax.com
C.) EXPERIAN 1-888-397-3742 www.experian.com
- Close the compromised accounts immediately. Call every company with which an account has been tampered or opened by fraud. Review your credit report for additional fraudulent accounts. Close them, where necessary, and follow up in writing.
- File a police report. Get a copy of the report for your records (available through the Community Services Division of WPD).
- Report the ID theft to the Federal Trade Commission by going to www.ftc.gov/idtheft or by calling 1-877-ID-THEFT. Complete the online complaint form, and bring a printed copy to attach to your report at the Police Station.
Visit www.FTC.gov/idtheft for more information about your rights.