Resources

Preventing and Reporting ID Theft & Scams

Maya Sullivan

Seminars ~ Presentations
Blogs/Newsletters/Websites

AARP Fraud Resource Center - https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – “Scam Alerts” – https://www.ftc.gov/

Fraud!Org https://www.fraud.org

Identity Theft Resource Center https://www.idtheftcenter.org

Scamicide – “Scam of the Day”  with Steve Weisman– https://scamicide.com/scam-of-the-day/.
This  is an excellent website listing scams, daily “Scam of the Day” and books –
https://www.scamicide.com



Reporting ID Theft & Fraud — 7 Actions to Take Immediately or Within One Day:

1. Immediately: Contact all banks, credit card issuers and companies with which you do business and notify
their fraud department.

2.
Immediately: File a police report if your identity has been stolen or if a con artist scammed you.

3.
One day: File a report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – they will give you step-by-step
assistance on what to do. Go to: https://www.identitytheft.gov/?utm_source=takeaction

4. One day: Review your credit reports and place a note on each of the three main credit bureaus.

5.
One day: Place either a fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit reports.

6.
One day: Change all online user names and passwords. Use a unique log on for each account.

7.
One day: Sign up for balance and transaction alerts on all your accounts and monitor all activity.


Medical ID Theft — In addition to the above do the following:

Contact every provider where a thief used your medical identity such as doctors, pharmacies, laboratories, etc.
Notify them of the issue and get copies of the records.

Notify your health insurance company about all the bills that are not yours or that you think were over billed.

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