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What You Can Do To Avoid This Growing Fraud

The Problem of Identity Theft

Some 500,000 to 700,000 Americans a year are at risk of having their identities stolen, according to government and private sector estimates. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information and uses it to establish credit, borrow money, charge items or even commit crimes in your name.

While the incidence of Internet identity theft is growing, fraud experts agree that you still are more likely to become a victim of this federal crime by more traditional means, such as improperly discarding credit card or other financial data. Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming an ID theft victim and what to do should you be stung by one of these thieves.

 

Protect Your Identity

If You Become A Victim

Click here to download the Identity Theft Kentucky Victim Kit (PDF).

If you find you have become a victim of identity theft, immediately take the following actions:

Suspect ID theft if you're denied credit for no apparent reason or if routine financial statements stop arriving in a timely manner.

 

Where To Get Help

Credit Reporting Bureaus:
Equifax (www.equifax.com):
Report Fraud . . . . . . . . .800-525-6285
Order Credit Report. . . . .800-685-1111
Experian (www.experian.com):
Report Fraud . . . . . . . . .888-397-3742
Order Credit Report. . . . .888-397-3742
Trans Union (www.tuc.com):
Report Fraud. . . . . . . . . 800-680-7289
Order Credit Report. . . . .800-888-4213

Social Security Administration:
Report Fraud. . . . . . . . .800-269-0271
Order Benefits and
Earnings Statement. . . 800-772-1213

Reporting Fraudulent Check Use:
Check Rite . . . . . . . . . .800-766-2748
Chexsystems. . . . . . . . 800-428-9623
CrossCheck . . . . . . . . . 707-586-0551
Equifax . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-437-5120
National Processing Co . 800-526-5380
SCAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-526-5380
TeleCheck . . . . . . . . . . 800-710-9898

 

More information on avoiding identity theft:

Federal Trade Commission:
www.consumer.gov/idtheft

Americans for Consumer Education and Competition:
www.acecusa.org/tips/

The Privacy Council:
www.privacycouncil.com/links_optout.htm