• Set up a folder to keep a detailed history of this crime.
  • Keep a log of all your contacts and make copies of all documents.
  • Contact all creditors, by phone and in writing to inform them of the problem.
  • Notify the US Postal Inspector if your mail has been stolen or tampered with:
    • US Postal Inspection Service (See phone listing under Federal Government)
    • US Postal Inspection Service - Local Post Office (see phone listing under Federal Government).
    • www.usps.gov / websites / depart/ inspect
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission to report the problem:
    • www.ftc.gov - The FTC is the federal clearinghouse for complaints by victims of identity theft. The FTC helps victims by providing information to help resolve financial and other problems that could result from identity theft. Their hotline telephone number is 1 877 IDTHEFT (438-4338).
  • Call each of the three credit bureaus’ fraud units to report identity theft. Ask to have a “Fraud Alert/Victim Impact” statement placed in your credit file asking that creditors call you before opening any new accounts.
  • Request that a copy of your credit report be sent to you.