If you are the victim of identity theft or fraud:
- File a crime report
- Keep all papers, receipts, cancelled checks, mail from companies, etc. related to this crime. You may be asked for copies of your records.
- Contact the following groups to notify them that you are a victim of identity theft or fraud. You may be asked for your crime report number.
- Equifax – 1-800-525-6285
- Experian – 1-888-397-3742
- Trans Union – 1-800-680-7289
- U.S. Federal Trade Commission – 1-877-438-4338
- Department of Motor Vehicles – 1-360-902-3900
- Protect your social security number and only give it out when required by law.
- Be aware of email scams. No bank, auction site or other business should send you an email asking for credit card information, passwords, social security numbers or other personal information. Fake emails may link to webpages that look real, but are not. If you suspect you are being directed to a fake website please inform your company of what has happened.
- Avoid mail theft by obtaining a locked mailbox and dropping off outgoing mail at the local post office or postal mailbox.
- Do not give out your personal information or credit card number over the phone unless you initiated the call.
- Shred credit card offers and bank statements before you throw them away if you do not plan on using them.