This packet will provide victims with a list of resources and instructions when dealing with an identity theft situation. The Webster Police Department will assist victims associated with this crime, but unfortunately, the victims themselves are burdened with resolving their own credit problems. Victims of identity theft must act quickly and assertively to minimize the damage to their good name and credit history.
When dealing with the authorities and financial institutions, try to keep a log of all your conversations, including dates, times, names, and phone numbers. In this packet, there will be a worksheet for your convenience when logging this contact information. There will also be an ID theft affidavit supplied by the Federal Trade Commission, which has been adapted by all financial and credit institutions when filing fraudulent activities to your personal accounts.
If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact the Webster Police Departments Bureau of Criminal Investigations and a detective will try to answer questions regarding your case.
If you find that you're a victim of identity theft, the Webster Police Department immediately urges you to take the following steps:
· Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 www.equifax.com
· Experian: 1-888-397-3742 www.experian.com
· Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289 www.transunion.com
· CheckRite: 1-800-766-2748
· Chexsystems: 1-800-428-9623
· CrossCheck: 1-800-843-0760
· Certigy/Equifax: 1-800-437-5120
· International Check: 1-800-526-5380
· SCAN: 1-800-262-7771
· TeleCheck: 1-800-710-9898
For more information, the following (non-profit) websites are great resources on identity theft:
Ø Federal Trade Commission www.consumer.gov/idtheft
Ø Identity Theft Resource Center www.idtheftcenter.org
Ø Privacy Rights Clearinghouse www.privacyrights.org
Ø Social Security Online www.ssa.gov/pubs/idtheft.htm
Ø U.S. Postal Inspection Service www.usps.com/postalinspectors
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