The Department of Justice defines identity theft as the attempted unauthorized use of credit cards, bank accounts, and other types of accounts, as well as the attempted opening of new accounts using personal information that is not their own. Victims may be aware, such as when our wallet or credit cards are stolen, or unaware, such as when our social security number is stolen to open a line of credit Report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC ) and the local police department.
Complete the Theft Affidavit
Explain how the identity theft happened by writing a detailed statement. The FTC provides an online form at ftc.gov to help you include any information you need on this form.
Enter all the required data in the affidavit form. Your case can be handled more carefully if you provide specific details.
Please review all the information you entered and press the “Submit” button.
Make a note of the reference number that is provided to you. You will need it in case you want to make changes or updates to your affidavit or contact someone from the FTC regarding the theft of your identity.
Print a copy of the form after submitting it to the FTC. After submitting the form you will see a screen that gives you the option to print the form. You can also save it to your computer for future reference.
If you are unable to complete or submit the affidavit via the site, call the FTC and speak to a representative at 1-877-438-4338.
Ask the operator for your reference number. The person you are talking to will register and send the affidavit from you and you can also ask to have a copy sent to you by email.
Make a complaint
Get all the documentation you need to make a police report. The documentation includes a copy of the affidavit you just filled out and other evidence in your favor.
Bring a valid identity document and a certificate of residence with you.
Bring the FTC Memo to Law Enforcement with you. This is an FTC guide to reporting identity theft. You can find it at ftc.gov
Go to your local police department or police department serving the area where the identity theft occurred.
Complete a report with all the details of the identity theft. Each state has different rules and you may have to file a miscellaneous incident report if your police station does not accept specific reports for this type of crime.
Ask for a copy of the report. If you can’t get a copy right away, ask for the report number so you can come back for it when ready.
Report the Theft to Banks and Financial Institutions
Contact all credit card companies, banks, credit bureaus and all your other financial institutions. They may ask you for a copy of your theft affidavit or your complaint number.
Change your PINs, security passwords, and any other codes or references that could be used by the attacker.
Check your statement and check that there are no companies or open accounts that you do not recognize. If there are, contact them and provide the documentation required to remove the account.