If you are a victim of identity theft, if you've lost personal information or identification or if it has been stolen from you, take these steps as soon as possible. Taking these steps quickly can help protect you.
Close credit card and bank accounts immediately. Ask that these accounts be processed as "account closed at customer's request" to avoid negative reporting to credit bureaus. Put stop-payment orders on all outstanding checks that may have been written without your knowledge or permission. When you open new accounts, place passwords on them. Don't use passwords including your mother's maiden name, your birth date, the last four digits of your Social Security Number or phone number or a series of consecutive numbers.
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Call the toll-free fraud number of at least one of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies and place an initial fraud alert on your credit reports:
An alert can help stop someone from opening new credit accounts in your name. In addition, notify the Social Security Administration's fraud line at 800-269-0271.
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