We are concerned with ensuring that you take appropriate steps to decrease your chance of becoming a victim of identity theft. In addition to reporting the loss or theft to GVPD, we suggest the following:
Document everything! Purchase a large notebook and
begin by making notations about the date, time, location, and other
important information regarding the loss of your belongings.
Be thorough. It is likely that you will need to make
several telephone calls to protect yourself from becoming a victim of
identity theft. For each call, record the date, time, telephone
number, person's name, purpose of call, what was accomplished, what
follow-up is needed, and other relevant notes. Also, write down any
questions you asked and the answers received.
Keep copies of all letters you write and all forms
you submit. Mail everything by certified mail. Keep these records in a
safe place. Be consistent and methodical, and take action immediately!
Begin by contacting all three credit report bureaus.
Contact the three major credit bureaus: TransUnion,
Experian, and Equifax. Request that a fraud alert be place on your
file immediately. You will be assigned a reference or confirmation
number to use in future communications. Your name and address will be
removed from pre-screened mailing lists for a length of time specified
by each credit bureau. Each credit bureau is different, so follow
their instructions explicitly. They may ask you to write a letter and
enclose copies of three pieces of identification before they mail your
report. Be sure to ask how long the alert will be in effect and how to
extend it, if necessary.
Order a copy of your credit report from each of the
credit bureaus every three to six months for the first year. After the
first year, order copies semi-annually or at least annually. Remember,
if the person(s) who stole your identity has not been apprehended
and/or your belongings have not been recovered, your identity still
remains in their possession and you are subject to future
victimization. Or, your impostor may have sold your information to
someone else who may attempt to use it at some later date.