As National Protect Your Identity Week (Oct. 20–26) nears an end, think about how you can actively protect your identity. Here are several ways to use your credit report to identify unauthorized activity and stop possible identity fraud before suffering potential financial loss.
I’m concerned that someone may use my minor child’s identification information fraudulently and I want to take precautions. How can I request a security freeze on a minor’s credit file?
How does an inmate go about getting a credit report? Where can he get the proper forms to fill out without access to the internet?
I’m trying to request a dispute on my credit report, but it asks me for a credit report number. I have tried to request my annual free report but I can’t since I don’t have a Social Security number. I do have an ITIN number but the system won’t accept it. What are my options?
My debit card and checks are being taken without my knowledge and being used. What can I do to protect myself? To stop everything the bank charges you money, of course. The retailer obviously doesn’t check identification. What are my options? My bank account was drained. Who do I turn to? I thought the fraud alert helped.
I have a credit freeze. If someone tries to establish credit without my pin code, what is the exact response they get from you? Do you tell them that they can not establish new credit because the account is frozen?
I recently lost my wallet, which contained my ATM card and my driver’s license. Although the card was cancelled within an hour of being lost, the person made one successful purchase with it. My concern is that they now have my driver’s license, which did not have my Social Security number on it. I understand that I can flag my SSN with the credit bureaus to report any fraudulent activity. Although I have a credit rating in the 800′s, will this flag prevent me from obtaining a car loan that I will be seeking in the near future? Is this flag something you would recommend even though my Social Security number wasn’t on my license?
My daughter is in the process of looking for a new apartment and obtained a copy of her credit report. She found her credit is “fair.” She also found her roommate’s name, Social Security number, rental history and other information listed on the report. This was quite shocking to my daughter. She is very upset. They each signed a year’s lease which expired a few months, ago. They are now on a month-to-month basis. She knows her roommate is frequently delinquent on her bills. In particular, she knows this is true in regard to their monthly rent. My daughter pays her portion on time.
Why is my daughter’s roommate listed on my daughter’s credit report? What part of the roommate’s financial life, if any, comes into play on my daughter’s credit score? How long will the roommate’s financial history and habits reflect on my daughter’s report? How can my daughter become a single entity as far as her credit is concerned?
We have frozen our credit with you. We just received a letter from you saying that there has been a change in the name, Social Security number, or address in our credit report. Are we in any danger of identity theft since we have already frozen our credit? We don’t want to order another credit report, so is there a way to speak to someone to find out what the problem is?
I was recently notified by a college that I attended that the admissions office computer files had been hacked into and that I should notify all three major credit bureaus to flag my credit history in case of identity theft. Does this “flagging ” of my credit affect my FICO score?
Last night, a fairly sophisticated ring apparently swept through my neighborhood stealing from cars. Unfortunately, my wallet was stolen with my driver’s license, and yes, stupidly, my Social Security card.
Worse, an external hard drive was also taken that had tons of personal, financial information. While much of it was in a password protected document, there was also several years’ worth of statements from many of my accounts.
What is the best way to protect yourself if you feel someone may have every bit of information they would need including account numbers, Social Security numbers, etc? How can you feel secure beyond the initial 90 days?
What is and where can I find my Security Freeze Personal Identification Number? I have an extended fraud alert on my credit report and would like it removed. I have drafted and put together all the information to send to have it removed; however, I am lacking this Security Freeze Personal Identification number.
My credit report is frozen. Most of my accounts are joint with my wife. Is my wife’s report automatically frozen as well, or do I have to freeze hers separately?
I have two young children (both under the age of four). Because I have heard of even young children being the victims of identity theft, I am considering freezing their credit files until they are old enough to have their first credit cards. What is your opinion on this? Is it possible for a parent to freeze the credit of a minor? Would you do this for your own children?
Is writing checks on an account which has been closed considered illegal?
I was a victim of check fraud. I was told I’m entitled to seven years of free fraud alerts as long as I have a police report. Is this true? The bad checks are rolling in now, and I am concerned that they might have opened up credit in our names as well.
Is it a problem if I do not remove a fraud alert once I have confirmed that no breach was possible? Or do I have to remove the alert? I assume having the alert for 90 days is OK since I can prove who I am and do not expect to apply for any new credit.
I have not been contacted to lift a fraud alert on my account to approve a recent credit inquiry. Should I receive a request to remove the alert when I apply for credit?
My Social Security number is reporting incorrectly. How can I get this fixed?
How do I cancel a 7-year fraud alert once I create it? I am in the process of looking for new housing and believe I would have to rather quickly cancel the fraud alert once it is created if I hear that low income housing programs are in the process of checking my credit. I would not want this fraud alert to have a negative effect on my credit status.