Brazos County Office of the Sheriff
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO THEY WANT?
While no one is completely safe from identity theft, there are some simple measures that can be taken to help secure your personal information and guard against identity theft. If someone has stolen your information, catching it early is the key!
Never give out your log-on name or password to someone who asks you via e-mail or instant message.
Ask for information protection policy statements from each business that has your personal information, including your doctors.
Do not exchange personal information for prizes. They should be free ... no strings attached.
You may want to contact the Public Utility Commission of Texas and place yourself on the "Texas No Call List." Cost is $4.80.
Here are some other things you should do:
Get and keep a copy of the police report. You may need it for proof of the crime.
For any credit card information that has been stolen, contact the fraud/security department of the creditor or financial institution and close that account.
If your pocketbook or checks are stolen, notify DPS, the Social Security Administration, local law enforcement agency, credit card companies, and your bank.
Contact all three credit reporting agencies and place a fraud alert on your credit. You should do this by telephone as soon as possible and then follow up in writing. You may wish to send them an ID theft affidavit and copies of the police report. The ID theft affidavit can be obtained on line at.
Make sure written communication is sent certified mail.
Send only copies of documents you have to the institutions you are contacting, unless an original is specifically required. Keep your originals in a safe place.
Contact the Federal Trade Commission, which keeps a database of identity thefts.
If you do have to clean up fraudulent accounts on your credit, make sure that all communication is done in writing and sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.
Keep a close eye on your bank account. There is a time limit for disputing fraudulent checks or withdrawals.
Finally, keep a detailed log of all your contacts with authorities and financial institutions.
Social Security Administration:
Fraud Report: 800-269-0271
Order Statement: 800-772-1213
Federal Trade Commission:
Oversees the credit bureaus and maintains a database of identity thefts.
You may also obtain a copy of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Attorney General of Texas:
U.S. Postal Service:
Investigates mail fraud.
Postal Inspector: 800-275-8777
Privacy Rights Clearing house
1717 Kettner Ave., Ste. 105
San Diego, CA 2101
Internet Fraud Complaint Center
TO REMOVE YOUR NAME, FROM MAIL AND PHONE LISTS:
Direct Marketing Association
Mad Preference Service
P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Telephone Preference Service
P.O. Box 9014, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Texas "No Call Lists
P.O. Box 313 E. Walpole, Walpole,MA. 02032
Major Credit Reporting Agencies
CREDIT REPORTING AGENCY
CSC Credit Services (Equifax)
TO REPORT FRAUD: 800-272-9281
P.O. Box 674402, Houston, TX 77267-4402
Request Credit Report 800-759-5979
TO REPORT FRAUD:888-397-3742 or 800-301-7195
P.O. Box 2104, Allen, TX 75013-2104
Request Credit Report 888-397-3742 or 800-682-7654
TO REPORT FRAUD:800-680-7289
P.O. BOX 390, Springfield, PA. 19064
Request Credit Report 800-888-4213