Social Security Adminstration: 1-800-772-1213
Railroad Retirement Board: 1-800-808-0772
Department of Veterans Affairs: 1-877-838-2778 or 1-800-827-1000
Lost or Stolen Debit Card: 1-866-546-8273
What You Can Do if You Fall Victim
Identity theft has developed into on of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. It happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permissions. If you suspect that someone has stolen your identity, acting quickly is the best way to limit the damage.
Here is what you should do:
- Contact your financial institution immediately and alert them to the situation.
- File a police report immediately with your local agency.
- Notify the Social Security Administration if this information has been compromised. The Social Security Fraud hotline number is 1-800-269-0271.
- File a compliant with the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft division:
- FTC Website: Go to www.identitytheft.gov
- Toll-free number: 1-877-438-4338
- Write to the FTC at: Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20580
- Contact one of the three major credit bureaus and discuss whether you need to place a fraud alert and/or a credit freeze on your file, which will help prevent thieves from opening a new account in your name.
Equifax Experian TransUnion
1-800-525-6285 1-888-397-3742 1-800-680-7289
PO Box 740250 PO Box 1017 PO Box 6790
Atlanta, GA 30374 Allen, TX 75013 Fullerton, CA 92634
- Order your free credit reports. A regular review of your credit file may detect unauthorized accounts or other fraudulent activity. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com to order one free report per year from Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.