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Steps to Avoid Identity Theft


The following steps should be followed if you believe your personal information may have been used inappropriately.

• Call the toll-free numbers of anyone of the three major credit bureaus (below) to place a fraud alert on your credit report. This can prevent an identity thief from opening additional accounts in your name. As soon as the credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the other two credit bureaus will automatically be notified to place alerts on your credit report, and all three reports will be sent to you free of charge.

Equifax
(800) 525-6285
www.equifax.com
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

Experian
(888) 397-3742
www.experian.com
P.O. Box 9532
Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion
(800) 680-7289
www.transunion.com
Fraud Victims Assistance Division
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

• Order your credit reports. By establishing a fraud alert, you will receive a follow-up letter that will explain how you can receive a free copy of your credit report. When you receive your credit report, examine it closely and look for signs of fraud, such as credit accounts that are not yours.
• Continue to monitor your credit reports. Even though a fraud alert has been placed on your account, you should continue to monitor your credit report to ensure an imposter has not opened an account with your personal information.