If Your ID Gets Stolen

Steps to Take if Your Identity Gets Stolen

Because you are now aware of things to pay attention to regarding identity theft, you will be able to notice if you are at risk quicker. If you get your identity stolen, there are some key steps you are going to want to take to ensure that you have minimal damages. Below are some important steps to follow.

File a Report With Your Local Police

If you get your identity stolen, the first steps you are going to want to take is go directly to your local police department to report the crime. When you do this, you are going to want to fill out an identity theft complaint form, and make sure you get a copy of this. Try your best to go in person to the police station rather than taking care of things over the phone.

Get a Federal Trades Commission Complaint Filed

This is an important step to helping the FTC track down the person who stole your identity. When they have this complaint, they can expand your search nationally, so if your identity was taken from a person in a different state, they will be able to better catch the person. In order to file a federal trades commission complaint, you can either call the office or file a complaint online by filling out an online form.

Close All the Accounts You Think Have Been Used

One of the most important steps that you can take when your identity has been stolen is to close all of the bank accounts and credit card accounts that you think may have been used. This ensures that you have minimal theft and also ensures that the criminal cannot further spend on these accounts.

 

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