Identity theft is a difficult and complex crime. It not only affects people on a financial level, but also on an emotional level. Our office understands the frustration, anger and fears that identity theft victims experience and will work to help you prevent becoming a victim of this ever-growing problem. If you are already a victim, we will work with you and any federal agencies to assist in a quick resolution so that you may begin rebuilding your financial and personal life once again.
ONLINE INFORMATION & LINKS
- www.identitytheft.orgThis site is maintained by Mari Frank, a victim and an attorney who has become a nationally recognized expert in the field. She also has a book and a kit, “From Victim to Victor.” This resource is very helpful for those who feel they can’t write a good letter themselves or who have a rather complex case.
- www.consumer.gov/idtheftThe Federal Trade Commission maintains this site and it is full of good information. You should register the identity theft with them. You can reach them toll-free: 1-877-IDTHEFT. The FTC keeps a database of identity theft crimes reported to them. The statistics they collect are helping to force legislators take this crime seriously. The FTC also works with law enforcement to link cases and find imposters who may be repeating this crime in other locations.
- www.fightidentitytheft.comA well-organized site with some good information.
- www.scambusters.orgFor up-to-date information on scams.
- www.pirg.orgU.S PIRG is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that works for stronger privacy laws.
- www.bbbonline.orgCheck out a business or a possible scam with the Better Business Bureau.
- www.privacytimes.comWritten by Evan Hendricks. A newsletter published about 22 times a year about privacy and identity theft information. Includes lawsuits, legislation and information on the crime.
- www.iir.com/nwcccNational White Collar Crime Center.
- www.epic.orgThis is a good general research area on a variety of topics including pending federal privacy and identity theft legislation.
- www.senate.govListing of legislative bills introduced in the U.S. Senate.
CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES
- TransUnion: 800-888-4213, www.tuc.com
To report fraud: 800-680-7289
- Experian: 888-EXPERIAN, www.experian.com
To report fraud: 888-397-3742
- Equifax: 800-997-2493, www.equifax.com
To report fraud: 800-525-6285
Hearing impaired: Call 1-800-255-0056
- AT&T hearing impaired line. Ask the operator to call the Auto Disclosure Line at 1-800-685-1111 to obtain a copy of your report. To dispute information or report a fraud, call the dispute 800# located on the top of your credit report.