Identity Theft

It is important that you take steps to protect yourself from further damage.  The first step is to make sure all of your creditors are aware that you were a victim of identity theft.  Notify the three major credit reporting agencies via the telephone and follow-up with a written notice.  These agencies are:

Equifax Credit Services               TransUnion                                 Experian
Consumer Fraud Division               Fraud Victim Assistance              Consumer Fraud SVS
PO Box 740241                              PO Box 6790                                PO Box 9532
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241                 Fullerton, CA 92834-6790            Allen, TX 75013    
Phone: (800) 525-6285                   Phone: (800) 680-7289                Phone: (888) 397-3742
Fax:  (770) 612-2533                       Fax: (714) 447-6034                    Fax: (214) 390-3527

If stolen or fradulent checks are being used in your name, contact your bank immediately and close all of your accounts and obtain new account numbers.  You will also need to contact these check guarantee companies:

Telecheck Merchant Services
Check Writes (800) 366-2425
Forgery Hotline (800) 710-9898
International SVS (800) 526-5380

If your social security number was used fradulently, contact:
Social Security Administration's Fraud Hotline
(800) 269-0271

If the fraud involves the use of the U.S. Mail, contact:
Postal Inspection Service for Michigan residents
(313) 226-8184

Report this incident to the Federal Trade Commission at (877) 438-4338 or write to:

Identify Theft Clearinghouse
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20580

Remember identify theft is a crime that can reoccur months or even years later.  Make sure you follow through with these important steps to protect yourself.