Resources, Links and Information to Empower YOU!
Credit Reporting Bureaus:Most experts agree that if you discover you have been victimized, your first move (after filing a police report) is to contact one of these major bureaus. By law, each is obligated to notify the others of your situation.
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
To report identity theft, contact the Fraud Division at 800-525-6285
To order a credit report, visit their website or call 800-685-1111
P.O. Box 9532
Allen, TX 75013
To order a credit report, visit their website or call 888-397-3742
To report identity, call the same number and ask for Experian Consumer Fraud Assistance
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834
To report identity theft, call the Fraud Victim Assistance Division at 800-680-7289
To order a credit report, visit their website or call 800-888-4213
Opt Out Information:
To opt out of pre-approved credit card offers from all three credit bureaus, call: 888-5-OPTOUT (888-567-8688)
To prevent unwanted telemarketing calls, contact the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry: (888) 382-1222 or www.donotcall.gov
To drastically reduce the amount of junk mail flowing into your mail box, contact these data brokers and request removal from their lists:
470 Chestnut Ridge Road
Woodcliff, New Jersey 07677
Dun & Bradstreet
899 Eaton Ave.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18025
R.L. Polk & Co.
Name Deletion File
List Compilation Development
26955 Northwestern Highway
Southfield Michigan 48034-4716
The Direct Marketing Association takes their time, but after about 60 days, you could see a reduction in the mountains of junk mail you must sift through on a daily basis. Write to them at:
Mail Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, New York 10512
To reduce or eliminate unwanted email solicitations from members of the DMA, visit: www.dmaconsumers.org/consumers/optoutform_emps.shtml
Government Agencies and Organizations:
Federal Trade Commission, Identity Theft Clearinghouse
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20580
To report identity theft and find additional resources and guidance, call 877-IDTHEFT (877-438-4338) or visit www.consumer.gov/idtheft
The Department of Justice
For identity theft information, visit: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/websites/idtheft.html
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
To report identity theft or fraud to the FBI, contact your local field office.
Visit http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm for a listing of field office contact information.
Federal Trade Commission, Do Not Call Registry
To register your phone, call 888-382-1222 or visit www.donotcall.gov
Note: You must call from the phone you want to register.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
A partnership between the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, IC3 assists victims of cyber crimes.
To report a cyber crime, visit www.ic3.gov
The President’s Identity Theft Task Force
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to report stolen mail.
File online complaint at http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov
U.S. Secret Service
To report ATM or debit card related identity theft, contact your local Secret Service field office.
Visit http://www.treas.gov/usss/field_offices.shtml to find the field office in your area.
Check Verification Companies:
Equifax Check Services
Non-Profit Organizations and Educational Groups:
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
A consumer organization dedicated to raising awareness and leading citizens to take action to control their own personal information.
Identity Theft Resource Center
This national nonprofit organization publishes studies, fights identity theft and provides support for victims.
Mari J. Frank, Esq.
Mari Frank is an attorney, author, university professor and a leading expert on identity theft and privacy issues.
The National Crime Prevention Council
The goal of this group is to reduce crime by helping citizens work individually and collectively with law enforcement. For nearly 30 years, the NCPC has impacted the media with public service announcements featuring McGruff the Crime Dog.
This group publishes Consumer Reports magazine. Their mission is "to work for a fair, just and safe marketplace for all consumers." This is a great resource for the latest news on "security freeze" laws in your state.
Major Credit Card Companies:
To report a lost or stolen card, call 800-528-4800
To report a lost or stolen card, call 800-DISCOVER (800-347-2683)
To report a lost or stolen card, call 800-627-8372
To report a lost or stolen card, call 800-847-2911
Identity Theft Loss Protection:
- Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, the company’s website provides ongoing, updated information regarding privacy issues, data breaches and current trends. The site also delivers valuable resources, informative video trailers, web links, customer support, free tools and a popular blog.
Express My ID™ is a proven Identity Theft prevention, resolution and education solution.
Express My ID™ is designed to Educate, Equip and Empower individuals, families, businesses, universities, financial institutions and law enforcement agencies to Detect, Deter and Defend against the growing international threat of criminal identity theft.
Established in 1912, Merchants Information Solutions Inc., delivers full service identity theft education, prevention, resolution and protection solutions. Merchants Information Solutions also provides corporate data breach response services, background checks and screening solutions for pre-employment and real estate needs. Merchants is the administrator of Express My ID™.
The Institute for the Prevention of Financial Crimes (IPFC) was founded by retired L.A.P.D. veteran detective Robert Rebhan. The IPFC is a leading U.S. fraud prevention organization offering keynotes and workshops to educate businesses about issues of crime and financial control. The IPFC has historically delivered guidance and training to federal agencies and to large corporate clients such as American Express. We are pleased to partner with the IPFC.
Free Credit Reports:
This is the only federally mandated "free" credit request site that isn’t secretly trying to sell you something!
State by State Credit and Security Freeze Information:
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