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Identity Theft Information Guide

The only true defense against identity theft is prevention

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BECOME A VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT

 

REPORT THE THEFT TO ONE OF THE THREE MAJOR CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES

Request that a fraud alert and a victim’s statement be placed in your file.  Also, request a FREE copy of your credit report to determine if any accounts were opened without your consent and request the agency remove inquiries and/or fraudulent accounts stemming from theft.  As these agencies share information, notification to only one is necessary.

Equifax:  To request a credit report: (800) 685-1111.  To report fraud: (800) 525-6285 or write to P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA  30374 or the website: www.equifax.com.

Experian: To request a credit report or report fraud: (888) 397-3742 or write to P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX  75013 or website: www.experian.com

Trans Union:  To request a credit report: (800) 888-4213.  To report fraud: (800) 680-7289; write to P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA  92634; www.transunion.com or email: fvad@transunion.com

 

MAJOR CHECK VERIFICATION COMPANIES

If you have had a check(s) stolen or bank account opened fraudulently, report it to the check verification companies listed below.  Place a stop payment order on any invalid (or unauthorized) checks.  Cancel your checking and savings account and obtain new accounts.

Check Rite

http://checks.checkritesystems.com

Certegy, Inc 

Call (800) 437-5120

Chex Systems, Inc.   

Call (800) 428-9623 or
www.chexhelp.com

TeleCheck    

Call (800) 710-9898 or
www.telecheck.com

National Processing Co. (NPC)  

Call (800) 925-0230 or
www.npc.net

Call SCAN (800-262-7771) to find out if the identity theft has been passing bad checks in your name.

 

LINKS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Consumer Credit Counseling Service:  Call (800) 249-2227 or write David H. Dungan Bldg, 8737 King George Dr, Suite 200, Dallas, TX  75235-2273 or visit the website: www.cccs.net

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse:  Call (619) 298-3396 (PST); Fax (619) 298-5681; or write 3100 5th Ave., Ste.B, San Diego, CA  92103 or visit the website; www.privacyrights.org.

Identity Theft Resources Center:  Call (858) 693-7935 (PST), or write P.O. Box 26833, San Diego, CA  92196 or visit the website: www.idtheftcenter.org.

Additional information on identity theft prevention and victim assistance:  
Visit the website: www.identity-theft-help.us

PREVENTION:  TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY


DISCLAIMER

The Texas Department of Public Safety provides the “Identity Theft Brochure” only as a convenience.  USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR VERIFYING THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENCY AND SUITABILITY OF ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN.  The Department does not endorse, guarantee or warrant any of the referenced commercial products or services and any mention of commercial products or services is for informational purposes only.  The Department has provided links to Internet sites maintained by third parties which may be of interest to users, but for which this agency has no responsibility.  The Department makes no representations or warranties of any kind as to the accuracy or any other aspect of the information contained on such Internet sites.