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Keep your identity secure

Credit Card Fraud


What to do if you become a victim


  • Contact all creditors, by telephone and in writing, to inform them of the situation.
  • Notify the Police.
  • Alert all banks to flag your accounts and to contact you for unusual activity. Change all passwords and PIN numbers.
  • Document all contacts and keep copies of all correspondences.
  • Contact the Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.
  • Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to have a new license number issued in your name.
  • Call the nearest U.S. Postal Inspection Office.
  • Call the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft hotline at 1-877-438-4338 and file a complaint.
  • If you are the victim of identity theft, call each credit bureau with a national database and ask to have a “Fraud Alert/Victim Impact” statement placed in your credit files. Also request that all creditors contact you before they open any new accounts in your name. The following contact information is provided to assist identity/credit theft victims:
  • If you are a victim of check fraud, you should contact the following:
    • Telecheck – 1-800-710-9898
    • Equifax – 1-800-437-5120