Act Immediately if You Are a Victim of Identity Theft
- Place a fraud alert on your credit reports by contacting each credit reporting agency's fraud unit. Request a copy of your credit report to be sent to you. Send written notice of all disputed information. (See sample of written notice to credit agency.)
Mail: P.O. BOX 740241
Atlanta, Georgia 30374-0241
Mail: P.O. Box 2104
Allen, Texas 75013
Mail: P.O. Box 1000
Chester, Pennsylvania 19022
- Close all accounts that you believe have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
- Keep records/log of all details of your contacts, conversations, time and date. Be sure to make copies of all correspondence relating to the crime.
- File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Visit: http://www.ftc.gov or call the Hotline number 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338).
- Contact all creditors by phone and in writing, informing each of the situation.
- Notify the U.S. Postal Inspection Service if your mail has been stolen or tampered with. Visit: http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov
- Contact the DMV to see if another license was issued in your name. If so, request a new license number. Fill out the DMV's complaint form to begin the fraud investigation process. Visit: California DMV Identity Fraud Webpage.
- If the thief used your identity when they were arrested and now your identity is associated with a crime you did not commit, contact the California Department of Justice Identity Theft Registry. Visit: http://ag.ca.gov/idtheft/general.php.
Identity Theft Links
PENAL CODE § 530.5(a)
Unauthorized Use of Personal Identifying Info
Every person who willfully obtains personal identifying information, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 530.55, of another person, and uses that information for any unlawful purpose, including to obtain, or attempt to obtain, credit, goods, services, real property, or medical information without the consent of that person, is guilty of a public offense, and upon conviction therefor, shall be punished by a fine, by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year, or by both a fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison.
(West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code)