How To: Report Fraud

By Avery Mills | Jun 2, 2017, 7:00:12 AM

How To: Report FraudNo matter how much we prepare, there is still a chance that we may become the victim of fraud. If it happens to you, you'll want to make sure you are ready to report it as soon as possible. Below, there are different types of potential fraud and how to report them.

IF YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION IS LOST OR STOLEN:

Contact the card issuer immediately – Once you report a card, you will not be held accountable for any purchases made.
Change passwords and PIN numbers.
Check statements for any purchases you didn’t make.
Place initial fraud alert on your credit report:Equifax: 1-888-766-0008
Experian: 1-888-397-3742
TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289

 

IF YOU BELIEVE YOUR THE VICTIM OF IDENITY THEFT:

  • File ID theft with the Federal Trade Commission
  • Place fraud alerts on your credit accounts – this will prevent new cards or accounts being opened in your name.
  • Place fraud alert on your credit record:
    • Equifax: 1-888-766-0008
    • Experian: 1-888-397-3742
    • TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
  • Contact your financial institution.
  • Freeze your credit.
  • Report incident to companies where fraud was committed.

IF YOU'RE THE VICTIM OF TAX-RELATED IDENTITY THEFT:

This is when someone uses your social security number for either a tax refund or to gain employment.

  • File a report with the Federal Trade Commission
    • 1-877-438-4338 or 1-866-653-4261
  • Place a fraud alert on your credit record:
    • Equifax: 1-888-766-0008
    • Experian: 1-888-397-3742
    • TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
  • Complete IRS Form 14039 and then follow the directions listed.

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Author: Avery Mills