Retirement Planning Information Fraud Information
If a Crime Has Been Committed
Contact the fraud departments of any one of the three major credit bureaus if you suspect your name or accounts are being used improperly. They are Equifax at 1-800-525-6285, Experian at 1-888-397-3742, or TransUnion at 1-800-680-7289. Ask for a "fraud alert" to be placed on your credit file, which can help prevent a thief from opening new accounts or making changes to your existing accounts.
Call your financial institutions if accounts have been corrupted by a crook or fraudulently opened in your name. Discuss closing those accounts and opening new accounts. Also consider filling out an "ID Theft Affidavit" available on the Federal Trade Commission's Web site at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or by calling toll-free 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338). This document can be used to help you prove you are an innocent victim.
Call the local police to fill out the necessary crime reports.