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Identity/Credit Card Theft

  1. Contact the Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Hotline at:
    1-877-438-4338 or the New York State Attorney General’s Office Hotline at 1-800-771-7755.


  2. There is a New York State identity theft statute in place to protect citizens against this crime.


  3. You should contact the three national credit reporting agencies and request that all three place a fraud alert on your credit report. You may wish to follow your phone request with a written one. Contact information for the three national credit reporting agencies are as follows:
  4. EQUIFAX
    P.O. Box 740250
    Atlanta, GA 30374-0250
    1-800-685-1111

    EXPERIAN
    P.O. Box 1017
    Allen, Texas 75013
    1-888-397-3742

    TRANS UNION
    P.O. Box 6790
    Fullerton, CA 92634
    1-800-916-8800

    The public should be advised that they should obtain a copy of their credit report from all three of the above-referenced credit bureaus. According to state and federal law, the public is entitled to request a report from each bureau once a year for free.

  5. You should file a report with your local police precinct for identity theft so that the matter can be investigated and documented. Ask for a copy of the police report in case you are asked to supply such by bank, credit card company, or elsewhere. You might ask the credit reporting agencies if a copy of the report, or at least its file number, could be made part of the agency's records.


  6. If your Social Security number has been misused, you may also wish to speak with the Social Security Administration regarding the possibility of the occurrence of Social Security fraud:
  7. SOCIAL SECURITY
    211 STATION RD 5TH FLOOR
    MINEOLA, NY 11501
    1-800-772-1213