Resources for Victims of Identity Theft
If you find that your personal identifying information has been used by someone without your consent, you may be the victim of an identity theft. Personal identifying information includes your name, address, telephone number, identification numbers such as credit card number, driver’s license number, social security number, or a wide range of other numbers assigned to you.
If you believe you are the victim of an identity theft, contact the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over your residence or the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the location where the crime occurred to report the incident. If possible, have copies of any supporting documentation available for the officer when you make the report.
Credit Reporting Bureaus
In addition to making a police report, you should notify the credit reporting bureaus:
Equifax: (800) 685-1111 (credit report)
(800) 525-6285 (report fraud)
Experian: (888) 397-3742
Trans Union: (800) 680-7289 (report fraud)
(800) 888-4213 (credit report)
(888) 567-8688 (to opt out)
Department of Justice – Identity Theft Registry
If your name or information has been used by someone when arrested, you should make a police report and also notify the Department of Justice Identity Theft Registry.
Call toll free (888) 880-0240.
Detailed information about this registry is available on the Attorney General website.
Department of Motor Vehicles
If your driver’s license or DMV ID card or the number has been used by someone, you should make a police report and also notify the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Call toll free (866) 658-5758.
Detailed information is available on the DMV website.
Social Security Administration
If your Social Security number has been used by someone, you should make a police report and also notify the Social Security Administration. Fraud Line (800) 269-0271.
US Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC maintains a website with helpful resource information for victims of identity theft and tips for identity theft prevention. Visit the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Site or you may also visit the main Federal Trade Commission page. You may also call toll free (877) 438-4338.