Prevent others from using your indentity
Confirm under oath that your identity was stolen
Notify authorities of a lost or stolen passport
Notify authorities that your mail has been stolen
Notify the IRS of an instance of tax fraud
Formally ask to remove a credit freeze
Request in writing that collection activity cease
Report identify theft incident to the FBI
Make a formal identity theft complaint to the FTC
Notify the SSA of unauthorized usage of your SSN
Confirm the details of a phone conversation
Get an unauthorized account closed
Advise the BBB of a company's negligence
Get unauthorized phone service canceled
Advise the DMV of fraudulent activity
Notify the FTC of a security breach
Notify the Attorney General of identity theft
Notify the Secret Service of identity theft
Get unauthorized internet service canceled
Notify authorities of fraudulent passport activity
Report identity theft or fraud FAQs
If you know you have been a victim of identity theft, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online or by phone. If you report ID theft to the FTC, you'll receive a theft report and a recovery plan.
Other agencies you may need to contact include:
You may need to file a police report if you know the person who stole your identity, the thief used your name with law enforcement officers, or if a creditor or other company has asked for a police report.
If you have been a victim of ID theft or fraud, you can place a fraud alert with the three credit reporting agencies. A fraud alert simply notifies anyone looking at your report that you may have been a victim of ID theft or fraud and that they should perform extra vetting to verify your credit.
There are two types of fraud alerts -- initial fraud alerts and extended fraud alerts. Initial lasts for 90 days and extended can last up to seven years.
To place a fraud alert, you need to contact one of the three credit reporting agencies -- Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. You can contact them online or by telephone. They will help you place a fraud alert through their agency. The reporting agency you contact will tell the other two agencies that they need to place an alert as well. After you file your fraud alert, you have the right to a free copy of your credit report.
How you report suspected fraud often depends on the type of fraud or scam you need to report. If you are not sure who to report to, the United States Department of Justice can connect you to the right agency.
If you are a victim of fraud or a scam, even if you are embarrassed, it is best to report it so you can help bring awareness to the scam.