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Identity Theft

Victim's Guide

Prevention Tips:

Protect Your Wallet/Purse. Never leave them unattended.

Shred All Paperwork with any personal identifying information, especially documents with your social security number and/or date of birth. Shred all receipts containing credit card numbers, banking information, credit card offers or any other financial information.

Carefully Review your monthly statements for irregularities or fraudulent activity.

Ensure That Purchases Made over the Internet are through a secure site.

Don't Give Out Personal Information in response to unsolicited offers by phone, mail, Internet or in person.

Order Your Credit Reports and review them carefully. (Free for Massachusetts residence).

Keep Your Computer's virus and spyware software updated.

Close The Accounts that you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.

When You Open New Accounts, use new PINs and passwords, not your mother's maiden name.

Ask Each Company for the appropriate forms to dispute fraudulent charges and/or debits.

Provide Detailed Information regarding the specifics of the loss of fraudulent charges to the Boston College Police Detectives.

File A Report with the Federal Trade Commission (1-877-ID-THEFT)

Keep Detailed Chronological Records of all correspondence and conversations with creditors, the FTC and local police departments. Update the FTC and police detectives with any new information as you receive it.

Obtain And Review Your Credit Reports for fraudulent home addresses or other information.


The Facts...

If You Think You May Be The Victim of identity theft, the Boston College Police Department seeks to assist you in every way possible. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States.

Place An Initial Fraud Alert on your credit reports. You need to contact only of the three consumer reporting companies. The company you call is required to contact the other two.

    P.O. Box 740241
    Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

    P.O. Box 9532
    Austin, TX 75013