- 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.
- There is a New York State identity theft statute in place to protect citizens against this crime.
- 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:
P.O. Box 740250
Atlanta, GA 30374-0250
P.O. Box 1017
Allen, Texas 75013
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92634
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.
- 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.
- 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:
211 STATION RD 5TH FLOOR
MINEOLA, NY 11501