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If you discover that you've been the victim of identity theft, the Federal Trade Commission recommends that you take the following actions immediately:
What should I do if the local police won't take an identity theft report?
This is a well known, yet under reported problem. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends you take the following steps:
- Gather as much evidence of the fraudulent activity as you can, including your credit report, debt collection letters, bank statements, etc...
- Complete and sign the FTC's ID Theft Affidavit (.pdf).
- Present all of your information to the police department. Be persistent. Stress the importance of a police report. Many creditors require a police report to resolve a dispute. Additionally, the consumer reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and Transunion) will only automatically block the fraudulent accounts and bad debts from appearing on your credit report, if you can give them a copy of the police report.
- If your local police department insists that identity theft is not a crime within their jurisdiction, or under your state law, ask to file a Miscellaneous Incident Report instead.
If you still can't get your local police to take a report, try contacting the Attorney General’s office, your city council person, or your congress person.
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