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If You Become A Victim

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If You Become a Victim

Gather at least the last 90-days of credit card statements and write a narrative of how you discovered the fraudulent activity 

Identity theft may be reported in any Florida police jurisdiction. Get a copy of the police report to encloses in correspondence with credit agencies

Report all stolen cards to the issuers immediately and request that new card numbers.

Always respond to written credit card receipt notifications received in the and include the police report to establish the approximate date you discovered fraudulent activity

Notify your bank in the event that your checks are stolen and request that your account be closed
In order to prove your innocence, be prepared to fill out affidavits of forgeries for banks, credit grantors and recipients of stolen checks or ask them if they will accept the police report. They are joint victims with you and may suffer a financial loss

Be prepared to work with retailers who have been victimized by someone using your name to help mitigate their losses, if necessary

If you know the abuser, report them to the Federal Trade Commission

Go online to social security administration if someone is using your social security number to establish credit or new accounts. If SSN fraud is suspected, call the SSA Hotline: (800) 772-1213

Obtain copies of your credit report periodically to see if there are any unknown credit lines in your name. Credit reports costs less than $10. All three major credit reporting agencies in the United States have toll free telephone numbers. Equifax (888) 532-0179; Experian (800) 311-4769; TransUnion (800) 680-7289. Each agency has a consumer fraud division. Call them.

Report suspected fraud to the credit reporting agencies and request that your account be red flagged with a fraud statement posted at the top of your report to all three credit reporting agencies. This will stop future credit from being issued until you are contacted and will remain in place for seven years or until you cancel the request. These agencies will also help clear up negative information on the reports due to fraud.