Credit Reporting Bureaus
Equifax: (800) 525-6285; (800) 685-111 to freeze your credit report; PO Box 74021 Atlanta, GA 30374
Experian: (888)397-3742; (888) 397-3742 to freeze your credit report; PO Box 9530 Allen, TX 75013
Trans Union: (800) 680-7289; (888) 909-8872 for freezing your credit report; PO Box 2000, Chester, PA 19016
Innovis: (800) 540-2505; (800) 540-2505 to freeze your credit report; PO Box 1640 Pittsburgh, PA 15230
You are allowed 4 free reports each year; to order: web: www.annualcreditreport.com or 877-322-8228
Note: Your credit report at Innovis must be ordered from: www.innovis.com/personal/creditreport
Social Security Benefits Fraud
With your social security number, a criminal can sign-up for social security benefits in your name or re-direct existing benefits to their bank account. Here is what to do: If you are 62 years-of-age or older and have not created your online social security account, prevent the criminal from doing it before you. Sign-up at www.ssa.gov.
Steps to Take if You Are a Victim of Identity Theft
1. Freeze all for credit reports (contact information above). You can freeze your reports by phone, mail or online.
2. Call your local police and file a report.
3. Call the Social Security Administration's fraud hotline at 800-269-0271
4. Contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-0433.
5. Notify any organization that has your money, including financial advisors.
6. Notify your medical insurance providers.
7. Review all recent account statements for unauthorized activity and report any suspicious transactions to the business where the unauthorized or suspicious activity occurred.