Friday, June 11, 2010

Contact Info for ID Theft

Sitting in the Admirals Club in San Diego, I found a great article on ID theft in PC Today (May 2010, page 73) that included Important Contact Information. Since my objective today is to clean off my desk (meaning: get rid of piles of paper), I figure that this would be a good post if I ever need this information. Thanks PC Today for the comprehensive list.

Get Credit Reports
AnnualCreditReport.com
www.annualcreditreport.com
877.322.8228
Request free credit reports.
Equifax
www.equifax.com
Order report: 800.685.1111
Fraud alert:888.766.0008
This is a credit reporting agency.
Experian
www.experian.com
888.397.3742
This is a credit reporting agency.
TransUnion
www.transunion.com
Order report: 800.888.4213
Fraud alert: 800.680.7289
This is a credit reporting agency.

Opt Out
Direct Marketing Association
www.dmachoice.org
Indicate mail preferences.
OptOutPrescreen.com
www.optoutprescreen.com
888.567.8688
Opt out of preapproved credit or insurance offers.
Investigate
Consumer Debit Resource
www.consumerdebit.com/consumerinfo/us/en/chexsystems/report/index.htm
800.428.9623
Obtain a consumer reportabout checking accounts in your name.
Internal Revenue Service
www.irs.gov/compliance/enforcement/index.html
Criminal Investigation Informant Hotline:
800.829.0433
Find out if someone has filed a tax return in your name.
TeleCheck
www.telecheck.com
800.710.9898
On the Web site, click Consumer and Check Fraud/Forgery to find out if anyone has used your driver's license or ID to write fraudulent checks.

Report Other Problems
SCAN
800.262.7771
Call this hotline to find out if anyone has been writing bad checks in your name.
Social Security
Administration Office of the Inspector General
www.ssa.gov/oig
800.269.0271
Report fraudulent use of your Social Security card to obtain benefits.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MailFraudComplaint.aspx
To report stolen mail or a fraudulent address change, look in your local phone book for the nearest Postal Inspector or go to this Web site.

Report Credit Card Fraud
American Express
www.americanexpress.com
(Click Fraud Protection Center)
Card replacement: 800.992.3404
Customer service: 800.528.4800
Bank of America
www.bankofamerica.com
800.732.9194
Customer Service:800.427.2449
BankOne/Chase
www.chase.com/ccp/index.jsp?pg_name=ccpmapp/privacy_security/fraud/page/report_fraud
Credit Card Customers
Personal: 800.436.7927
Business: 800.346.5538
On the Web site,click Protect Your Family From Identity Theft
Citi Cards
www.citicorp.com/domain/contact
800.950.5114
Discover Card
www.discovercard.com/customer-service/faq/#q15
800.347.2683
MasterCard
www.mastercard.com/cgi-bin/emergserv.cgi
800.622.7747
Report lost or stolen credit card: 800.627.8372
Visa
www.usa.visa.com/personal/security/need_help_now.html
800.847.2911
Wachovia
www.wachovia.com
866.201.5702
Wells Fargo Bank
www.wellsfargo.com/help
866.867.5568

Additional Resources
Call For Action
www.callforaction.org
Federal Trade Commission ID Theft changed
www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft
877.IDTHEFT (438-4338)
Identity Theft Resource Center
www.idtheftcenter.org
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
www.privacyrights.org
Department Of Justice
www.justice.gov
Includes the Identity Theft Quiz for Consumers.

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