Identity Theft Resources

Identity Theft Resources

Credit Reporting Bureaus
EQUIFAX
Order Report# (800) 685-1111
Fraud # (888) 525-6285
Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc
P.O. Box 105069
Atlanta, GA 30374
www.equifax.com

EXPERIAN (formerly TRW)
Order Report# (888) 524-3606 or
(888) EXPERIAN
Fraud # (888) 397-3742
P.O. Box 2104
Allen, TX 75013-2104
www.experian.com

TRANS UNION CORPORATION
Order Report# (800) 888-4213
Fraud # (800) 680-7289
TransUnion LLC
Consumer Disclosure Center
P.O. Box 1000
Chester, PA 19022
www.tuc.com

(Note: The Credit Reporting Agencies change their addresses and phone numbers often. Please double check the Agencies' websites if you think the information provided here may be in error.)

Remember that you are entitled to a free credit report if you are a victim of identity theft, if you have been denied credit, if you receive welfare benefits, or if you are unemployed.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission
The FTC oversees the operation of credit bureaus. You can find a copy of the Fair Credit Reporting Act on its web site. The FTC also provides assistance for identity theft victims. Its web site provides a complaint form that can be transmitted to the FTC via the Internet.

Consumer Response Center: (202) FTC-HELP or (202) 382-4357.

E-mail: crc@ftc.gov
Web site: www.ftc.gov

U.S. Postal Service
Call the U.S. Post Office to obtain the phone number of the nearest Postal Inspector (800) 275-8777.
Web site: www.usps.gov/websites/depart/inspect

U.S. Secret Service
For the Secret Service office nearest you, look in the Government pages of your phone book.
Web site: www.treas.gov/usss

U.S. Social Security Administration
Report fraud: (800) 269-0271. Order your free Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statement: (800) 772-1213.
Web site: www.ssa.gov

To remove your name from mail and phone lists

Direct Marketing Association

Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 9008,
Farmingdale, NY 11735.
Telephone Preference Service, P.O. Box
9014, Farmingdale, NY 11735.
Web site: www.the-dma.org

To report fraudulent use of your checks
If you are unable to write checks because of bad checks written in your name, the merchant will direct you to one of the check verification services below. If you are unable to open a checking account because of the activities of an imposter, contact Chexsystems.

CheckRite (800) 766-2748

Chexsystems (800) 428-9623

CrossCheck (707) 586-0551

Equifax (800) 437-5120

National Processing Co. (800) 526-5380

SCAN (800) 262-7771

TeleCheck (800) 710-9898

Consumer organizations

CALPIRG

1107 9th St. Suite 601,
Sacramento, CA 95814.
Phone: (916) 448-4516.
E-mail: info@calpirg.org
Web site: www.calpirg.org

Identity Theft Prevention and Survival

28202 Cabot Road, Suite 215,
Laguna Niguel, 92677
Contact: Mari J. Frank, Esq., Author, The Identity Theft Survival Kit
Phone 800-725-0807 or 949-364-1511
E-mail: contact@identitytheft.org
Web site: www.identitytheft.org

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

1717 Kettner Ave., Ste. 105,
San Diego, CA 2101
Phone: (619) 298-3396 Contact: Director, Beth Givens
E-mail: prc@privacyrights
Web site: www.privacyrights.org

Valuable PRC resources:

PRC Identity-Theft Resource Link

Coping with Identity Theft: What to Do When An Imposter Strikes

Identity Theft: What to Do When it Happens to You -- A Guide for Victims

Identity Theft: How It Happens, Its Impact on Victims, and Legislative Solutions

Identity Theft Cases:

U.S. PIRG

218 D St. S.E.,
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 546-9707
E-mail: uspirg@pirg.org
Web site: www.uspirg.org

VOIT (Victims of Identity Theft Support Group)

www.calpirg.org

What to do when they ask for your Social Security Number

by Chris Hibbert http://www.cpsr.org/cpsr/privacy/ssn/ssn.faq.html

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