If You Think You Are a Victim

If you think you are a victim of fraud:

  • Contact all of your banks and credit card issuers immediately.
  • Stop using your computer and get it professionally wiped.
  • Ensure all security software is up-to-date.
  • Change user names and passwords to all of your email, shopping, online banking and social networking accounts.
  • Get new bank cards and account numbers.
  • Place a ‘stop payment’ order on missing or stolen checks.
  • Place a fraud alert on your credit reports by calling all three major credit bureaus. Contact their fraud departments and request that a fraud alert be placed on your credit file.
  • Contact the Social Security Administration if you suspect that your Social Security number has been compromised. Call the Social Security Administration hotline at 1.877.438.4338 or your local Social Security office.
  • File a police or identity theft report.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by calling 1.877.382.4357, which maintains a database of identity theft cases used by law enforcement for investigations.