WHAT TO DO IF MY INFORMATION HAS BEEN STOLEN?

Please remember never confront a criminal yourself. Contact your local law enforcement agency, give them all the information you have about the person who has stolen your information, and ask them to make a report. 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.