Identity Theft


Identity Theft Checklist

Use this identity theft checklist to remember what you can do to prevent identity theft and what to do if you suspect you have become a victim of identity theft.

Identity Theft Checklist
Identity theft prevention
Don’t tell your personal information to someone who calls on the phone.
Don’t respond to “phishing” e-mails.
Shred or rip up financial documents before throwing them away.
Don’t keep financial information on your laptop or PDA
Monitor credit reports for inaccuracies and inquiries for credit cards or loans you didn’t apply for. 
What to do if you suspect identity theft
Call a credit bureau and place a fraud alert on your file
Notify the credit card company or companies
Notify creditors and the post office if your bills don’t arrive on time and/or any mail is missing. 
Contact merchants the thief has done business with
Keep detailed records of phone calls, documentation, and correspondence relating to your identity theft
File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission  (
File a police report
Contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3) if the fraud has occurred on the Internet
When the issues are resolved, ask for letters from companies you’ve dealt with stating that the disputed accounts have been closed and fraudulent charges removed.

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