Credit Reporting Bureaus

P. O. Box 105873
Atlanta, GA 30348
Order Report# (800) 685-1111
Fraud # (800) 525-6285
Web site:

EXPERIAN (formerly TRW)
P.O. Box 9532
Allen, TX 75013
Report fraud: Call (888) EXPERIAN (888-397-3742) and write to address above.
TDD: Use relay to fraud number above.
Web site:

P. O. 34012
Fullerton, CA 92834
Order Report# (800) 916-8800
Fraud # (800) 680-7289
Web site:

Remember that you are entitled to a free credit report if you are a victim
of identity theft, if you have been denied credit, if you receive welfare
benefits, or if you are unemployed.


U.S. Federal Trade Commission

The FTC oversees the operation of credit bureaus. You can find a copy of the Fair Credit Reporting Act on its web site. The FTC also provides assistance for identity theft victims. Its web site provides a complaint form that can be transmitted to the FTC via the Internet.

Consumer Response Center: (202) FTC-HELP or (202) 382-4357.
Web site:


U.S. Postal Service

Call the U.S. Post Office to obtain the phone number of the nearest Postal Inspector (800) 275-8777.
Web site:


U.S. Secret Service

For the Secret Service office nearest you, look in the Government pages of your phone book.
Web site:


U.S. Social Security Administration

Report fraud: (800) 269-0271.
Order your free Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statement: (800) 772-1213.
Web site:


To find the latest news and info on Id Theft

Inside ID Theft

This is a website designed to provide the latest news and information about identity theft.
Web site:


To remove your name from mail and phone lists

Direct Marketing Association

Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735.
Telephone Preference Service, P.O. Box 9014, Farmingdale, NY 11735.
Web site:


To report fraudulent use of your checks

If you are unable to write checks because of bad checks written in your name, the merchant will direct you to one of the check verification services below. If you are unable to open a checking account because of the activities of an imposter, contact Chexsystems.

CheckRite (800) 766-2748
Chexsystems (800) 428-9623
CrossCheck (707) 586-0551
Equifax (800) 437-5120
National Processing Co. (800) 526-5380
SCAN (800) 262-7771
TeleCheck (800) 710-9898

Consumer organizations


11965 Venice Blvd., Suite 408, Los Angeles, CA 90066.
Phone: (310) 397-3404 or (916) 448-4516.
Web site:

Identity Theft Prevention and Survival

28202 Cabot Road, Suite 300, Laguna Niguel, 92677
Contact: Mari J. Frank, Esq., Author, The Identity Theft Survival Kit
Phone 800-725-0807 or 949-364-1511
Web site:

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

1717 Kettner Ave., Ste. 105, San Diego, CA 2101
Phone: (619) 298-3396 Contact: Director, Beth Givens
Web site:

Valuable PRC resources:

PRC Identity-Theft Resource Link

Coping with Identity Theft: What to Do When An Imposter Strikes

Identity Theft: What to Do When it Happens to You -- A Guide for Victims

Identity Theft: How It Happens, Its Impact on Victims, and Legislative Solutions

Identity Theft Cases:


218 D St. S.E., Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 546-9707
Web site:


VOIT (Victims of Identity Theft Support Group)

What to do when they ask for your Social Security Number
             by Chris Hibbert





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