You should order credit reports regularly to review suspicious activity. If you are a victim of identity theft, you should, place an initial fraud alert and create an identity theft report. You should also contact your bank and credit card companies. You should monitor your progress, stay organized and keep a communications list.
In addition, you may:
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which can be found at: www.ftc.gov.
- You can contact the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Identity Theft File and create a Victim Profile. Your profile will remain active for five (5) years. To get to the NCIC ID Theft File, the victim would need to file a police report and specifically request / demand (nicely!) to have information entered into the system. The information is available to law enforcement agencies having access to enter records into NCIC.
- In addition, a victim can contact the Indiana Attorney General’s Identity Theft Protection and follow their steps and recommendations. (www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2413.htm).