You are here

Identity Theft Reference Guide


What is Identify Theft?

Identity theft is when someone else uses your personal identifying information (your name, Social Security number, or any other identifying information) to obtain a credit card, loan, or any other type of credit or service in your name, or when someone else files a bankruptcy case using your name or your Social Security number.

IDENTITY THEFT IS A CRIME!!!

CREDIT BUREAUS

  • EQUIFAX - www.equifax.com
    To order your credit report:
    Call: (800) 685-1111
    Write: Equifax
    P.O. Box 740241
    Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

    To report fraud:
    Call: (800) 525-6285
    Write: Equifax
    Fraud Assistance
    P.O. Box 105069
    Atlanta, GA 30348

  • EXPERIAN - www.experian.com
    To order your credit report:
    Call: (888) EXPERIAN (397-3742)
    Write: Experian
    P.O. Box 2104
    Allen, TX 75013-2104
    To report fraud:
    Call: (888) EXPERIAN (397-3742)
    Write: Experian
    P.O. Box 9530
    Allen, TX 75013

  • TRANS UNION - www.transunion.com/
    To order your credit report:
    Call: (800) 916-8800
    Write: Trans Union
    P.O. Box 34012
    Fullerton, CA 92834

    To report fraud:
    Call: (800) 680-7289

HOW CAN YOU . . .

  • REMOVE YOUR NAME FROM PRE-APPROVED CREDIT LISTS?
    Call: (888) 5OPTOUT (888-567-8688)
    Removes your name from pre-approved credit lists compiled by Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union.

  • REMOVE YOUR NAME FROM DIRECT MAIL LISTS? - www.dmachoice.thedma.org
    Write: DMAchoice
    DMA
    P.O. Box 900
    Cos Cob, CT 06807

  • REMOVE YOUR NAME FROM TELEPHONE LISTS? - www.donotcall.gov
    Call: 888-382-1222
    TTY: 866-290-4236
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): National Do Not Call Registry

  • REMOVE YOUR NAME FROM E-MAIL LISTS? - www.ims-dm.com

  • REPORT STOLEN OR FRAUDULENT USE OF YOUR CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS?
    Contact your bank or credit card issuer and close your bank account or credit card account immediately.

GET MORE INFORMATION ON IDENTITY THEFT?

The following websites contain general information about identity theft:

FEDERAL RESOURCES

  • FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) - www.fbi.gov
    The FBI investigates federal identity theft cases, including those where an identity thief used your personal identifying information to commit a crime. Although the FBI generally investigates cases where there is a significant dollar loss, your information may provide evidence of a larger pattern of fraud. If your identity has been stolen, call your local FBI field office. Local FBI field offices are listed in the Government section of your White Pages telephone directory.

  • FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC) - www.consumer.gov/idtheft
    The FTC has a hotline for identity theft victims and provides victims with information to help resolve financial and other problems resulting from identity theft. If your identity has been stolen, contact the FTC at the Identity Theft Hotline listed below or call your local FTC field office. Local FTC field offices are listed in the Government section of your White Pages telephone directory.

    Call: (877) IDTHEFT (877-438-4338)
    TDD: (202) 326-2502
    Write: Identity Theft Clearinghouse
    Federal Trade Commission
    600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
    Washington, DC 20580

  • INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS) - www.irs.gov
    The IRS administers and enforces federal tax laws. If someone has filed fraudulent federal tax returns or committed other tax fraud in your name, contact the IRS at the Criminal Investigation Informant Hotline listed below or call your local IRS field office. Local IRS field offices are listed in the Government section of your White Pages telephone directory.

    Call: (800) 829-0433

  • SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION/OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL (SSA/OIG) - oig.ssa.gov
    The SSA/OIG investigates identity theft cases involving the fraudulent use of social security numbers. If someone has stolen your social security card or fraudulently used your social security number, contact the SSA/OIG at the telephone number listed below or call your local SSA/OIG field office. Local SSA/OIG field offices are listed in the Government section of your White Pages telephone directory.

    Call: (800) 269-0271
    Write: Social Security Fraud Hotline
    P.O. Box 17768
    Baltimore, MD 21235

  • UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ) - www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/identity-theft/identity-theft-and-identity-fraud

  • UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (USAO)
    The DOJ and its USAOs prosecute federal identity theft crimes. The website listed above contains information on identity theft.

  • UNITED STATES TRUSTEE’S OFFICE (USTO) - www.justice.gov/ust
    The DOJ and its USTOs oversee all bankruptcy filings. If someone has fraudulently filed a bankruptcy case in your name, or fraudulently used your social security number in a bankruptcy filing, contact the USTO in the region where the bankruptcy case was filed. USTOs are listed in the Government section of your White Pages telephone directory.

  • UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE/ DIPLOMATIC SECURITY SERVICE (USDOS/DSS) - travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports
    The USDOS/DSS is responsible for issuing passports. If someone has stolen or fraudulently used your passport, contact the USDOS/DSS at the website listed above or call your local USDOS/DSS field office. Local USDOS/DSS field offices are listed in the Government section of your White Pages telephone directory.

  • UNITED STATES POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE (USPIS) - www.usps.gov/websites/depart/inspect
    The USPIS investigates identity theft cases involving the U.S. mail. If your mail has been stolen, someone has fraudulently changed the mailing address on your bank or credit card accounts, or someone has used the mail as part of an identity theft scheme, contact the USPIS. Locate the nearest USPIS district office through the website listed above or by calling the telephone number listed below.

    Call: (800) 275-8777

  • UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE (USSS) - www.secretservice.gov
    The USSS investigates federal financial crimes, including those involving identity theft. Although the USSS generally investigates cases where there is a significant dollar loss, your information may provide evidence of a larger pattern of fraud. If a financial crime has been committed in your name, contact the USSS at the website listed above or call your local USSS field office. Local USSS field offices are listed in the Government section of your White Pages telephone directory.

  • UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC) - www.sec.gov
    The SEC handles complaints about investment fraud and the mishandling of investments by securities professionals. If someone has misused your identity in connection with a securities transaction, contact the SEC at the telephone number listed below or call your local SEC field office. Local SEC field offices are listed in the Government section of your White Pages telephone directory.

    Call: (202) 942-7040
    Write: Securities and Exchange Commission
    450 Fifth Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20549-0213

STOP IDENTITY THEFT NOW!!!

A COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM SPONSORED BY:

THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Central District of California
and
THE UNITED STATES TRUSTEE’S OFFICE

Updated February 7, 2019

Was this page helpful?

Was this page helpful?
Yes No