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Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft

Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft

J. Grayson

J. Grayson RobinsonSheriffSeptember 30, 200513101 E. Broncos ParkwayCentennial, Colorado 80112Phone: 720-874-4165Fax: 720-874-4158www.arapahoesheriff.orgsheriff@co.arapahoe.co.usTo The People Of Our Community:The victimization that results from the criminal behaviors associated with identity theft continues to be anever-growing problem for the people of our community, the region, the state and our nation. Research,conducted by the Identity Theft Clearinghouse of the Federal Trade Commission, reports that the state ofColorado is currently ranked fifth in the nation regarding the number of citizens that report being the victimof identity theft. Understanding the issues related to the crime of identity theft is critical to your ability toinitiate effective preventative measures and avoid future victimization.The information presented in TAKE CHARGE provides you with the most current identity theft preventionmaterial, prepared by the Federal Trade Commission. The information provided through TAKE CHARGEwill significantly assist you as you take the necessary steps to protect yourself, your family and your communityfrom the crime of identity theft.The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office continues to be committed to dedicated community partnerships witha focus on meaningful problem solving efforts. If you require additional copies of TAKE CHARGE or ifyou would like to arrange a crime prevention presentation, please contact me at 720.874.4165 or by email atgrobinson@co.arapahoe.co.us.Respectfully,J. Grayson RobinsonSheriffAccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for LawEnforcement Agencies, American Correctional Associationand National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION ....................................................................................... 1HOW IDENTITY THEFT OCCURS ..................................................... 2..· If Your Personal Information Has Been Lost or Stolen ....................... 4ID THEFT VICTIMS: IMMEDIATE STEPS ............................................ 5· Placing Fraud Alerts on Your Credit Report........................................ 5· Closing Accounts ................................................................................... 7· Filing a Complaint with the Federal Trade Commission ................... 8· The Identity Theft Report ..................................................................· 9· ·· Tips For Organizing Your Case ............................................................ 10· Chart Your Course of Action .................................................................. 11RESOLVING SPECIFIC PROBLEMS ....................................................... 12· Bank Accounts and Fraudulent Withdrawals ...................................... 12· Bankruptcy Fraud .................................................................................. 17· Correcting Fraudulent Information in Credit Reports ....................... 17· Credit Cards ........................................................................................... 19· Criminal Violations ............................................................................... 20· Debt Collectors ...................................................................................... 21· Driver’s License ..................................................................................... 22· Investment Fraud .................................................................................. 22· Mail Theft .............................................................................................. 23· Passport Fraud ...................................................................................... 23· Phone Fraud .......................................................................................... 23· Social Security Number Misuse ............................................................. 24· Student Loans ....................................................................................... 24· Tax Fraud ............................................................................................... 24STAYING ALERT ..................................................................................... 27· Getting Your Credit Report ................................................................. 27MINIMIZING RECURRENCES ............................................................... 30· What To Do Today ............................................................................... 30· Maintaining Vigilance .......................................................................... 31· A Special Word About Social Security Numbers ................................ 32· The Doors and Windows are Locked, But... ........................................ 33APPENDIX .............................................................................................. 35· It’s the Law ............................................................................................. 35· Federal .................................................................................................... 35· State........................................................................................................ 36· Instructions for Completing the ID Theft Affidavit ........................... 37· The ID Theft Affidavit .......................................................................... 40· Annual Credit Report Request Form .................................................... 45· The FTC’s Privacy Policy ...................................................................... 46

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