Identity theft is a serious concern for many Americans. More than 25,000 Texas residents are reported victims of identity theft each year, compromising their bank accounts and credit cards. However, if you find yourself in a position where you are a victim, there are various solutions to remedy the problem, and correct your good name.
If you suspect that you have been a victim of identity theft, there are several companies and government agencies you will need to contact as soon as possible. That’s because the sooner you report any potential fraudulent activity, the quicker they will be able to put an alert and notification on your records. Take a look below at some of the agencies and offices you should contact:
Since your identity is tied to your Social Security card, one of the first government agencies you need to notify about your identity theft is the Social Security Administration. Simply call the toll-free number at 1-800-269-0271.
In order to prevent an identity thief from applying for a new passport using your name, get in touch with the Department of State at your earliest convenience. Call the Lost/Stolen Passport Section at 202-955-0430.
Another government agency you should contact is your local Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Taxpayer Assistance Center to avoid fraudulent use of your tax records. Call their customer line at 1-800-829-1040.
The Texas Fight Identity Theft government website has put together a list of proactive steps you should take if you experience identity theft. It is important to adhere to these steps in order to avoid further damage to your accounts and credit cards. The Texas FIT recommends the following: