Resources

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.

Equifax
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
www.equifax.com
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

Experian
P.O. Box 9532
Allen, TX 75013
www.experian.com
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

TransUnion
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834
www.transunion.com
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

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

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

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.

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.
www.privacyrights.org

Identity Theft Resource Center
This national nonprofit organization publishes studies, fights identity theft and provides support for victims.
www.idtheftcenter.org

Mari J. Frank, Esq.
Mari Frank is an attorney, author, university professor and a leading expert on identity theft and privacy issues.
www.identitytheft.org

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.
www.ncpc.org

Major Credit Card Companies:

American Express
To report a lost or stolen card, call 800-528-4800
www.americanexpress.com

Discover Card
To report a lost or stolen card, call 800-DISCOVER (800-347-2683)
www.discovercard.com

MasterCard
To report a lost or stolen card, call 800-627-8372
www.mastercard.com

Visa
To report a lost or stolen card, call 800-847-2911
www.visa.com

Identity Theft Loss Protection:

www.dalepenn.com
DalePenn.com provides ongoing, updated information regarding privacy issues, data breaches and current news, and vulnerability trends. The site also delivers valuable resources, related web links, customer support, free consumer assessment tools and a popular blog.

www.ipfc.us
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 report provider site that isn’t secretly trying to sell you something!

AnnualCreditReport.com
To order one free credit report per year from each credit bureau:
Visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call 877-322-8228

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