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How to Protect Yourself from Becoming a Victim
What to do if You Become a Victim

How to protect yourself from Identity Theft

  • Do not carry extra credit cards, your Social Security card, passport or birth certificate except when absolutely necessary.
  • Install a locked mailbox at your residence or use a post office box to reduce the chance of mail theft.
  • Pick up new checks at your bank.
  • Do not leave paid bills in your mailbox for the postal carrier to pick up.
  • Ask your financial institutions to add extra security protection to your account. Most will allow you to use an additional code when accessing your account.
  • Protect your Social Security Number at all costs. Do not let merchants write your SSN on your checks. Request merchants to use other forms of identification.
  • Never allow credit card numbers to be written on your checks.
  • Do not use your birth date or mother's maiden name as PIN numbers or passwords.
  • Remove your name from the marketing lists of the three credit reporting bureaus - Equifax, Experian and Trans Union. This will reduce the number of pre approved credit offers you receive in the mail.
  • Shred all paperwork with financial and personal information on it before throwing it in the garbage.

What to do if you are a victim of Identity Theft

  • Immediately call the fraud units of the three credit reporting companies: Experian, Equifax and Trans Union. Ask that your file be flagged with a fraud alert.
  • Contact all creditors immediately with whom your name has been used fraudulently by phone and in writing. The Federal Trade Commission provides a uniform affidavit form that most creditors accept.
  • Report the crime to your local police, sheriff's office or Florida Highway Patrol, Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence (BCII), office
  • Notify the local Postal Inspector if you suspect an identity thief has filed a change of your address with the post office or has used the mail to commit fraud.
  • Contact the Social Security Administration to report fraudulent use of your Social Security Number.
  • Contact the passport office to alert them to anyone ordering a passport fraudulently in your name whether you have a passport or not.
  • Call the office of the Division of Drivers Licenses to see if another license has been issued in your name.

Credit Reporting Bureaus
Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
Experian: 1-888-397-3742
Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
Check Verification Companies
CheckRite: 1-800-766-2748
Chexsystems: 1-800-428-9623
TeleCheck: 1-800-710-9898
Social Security Administration: 1-800-269-0271

Federal Trade Commission: 1877-IDTHEFT

Identity Theft Resource Center

U.S Dept. of Justice Identity Theft Info

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Florida Highway Patrol
Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence (BCII)
2900 Apalachee Parkway MS41
Tallahassee, FL. 32399-0552

E-mail AlexaHancock@flhsmv.gov


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