‚ÄčIDENTITY THEFT

If you suspect that you are a victim of identity theft, you should follow the next steps:


  • Order a credit report from all the three major credit bureaus to verify that all credit card accounts, and and loans are yours
  • Order a transcript of wages from the Internal Revenue Service, to find out if somebody else is working under your social security number or name
  • If the history of your income is compromised you need to file a claim at the police station of the town where you live, you will need that police report to continue with your identity theft claim
  • You will need to file an extended fraud claim with all the major credit bureaus if your credit is compromised, that will alert all merchants and lenders for 7 years
  • If your income is compromised you will need to file a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service, and obtain a security tax filing identification number

IDENTITY THEFT IS A GROWING ISSUE DUE TO SHARING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION AT ONLINE SERVICES

COMMON VICTIMS ARE TAXPAYERS THAT NEED TO LEAVE THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, CHECKING ACCOUNT INFORMATION, ADDRESSES, AND OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION IN ORDER TO OBTAIN SERVICES, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE