Posts Tagged "identity theft"

Infographic: What’s Right When Your Identity is Stolen: Credit Freeze or Fraud Alert?

You discover that your identity has been compromised – what’s your next step? Maybe your information was part of a data breach, or your wallet was stolen. Either way, there are a few key identity protection options that pertain to your credit report. The last thing you’ll want to do is leave your records and accounts open to […]

How to report identity theft and a fraudulent tax return

Dear Experian,

Someone tried to file an income tax return using our names and Social Security numbers, so I need to report identity theft to Experian. How do I do this?


Changing the telephone number in a fraud alert

Dear Experian,

How do I go about changing my telephone number? Creditors have denied me credit because the phone number on my alert is not updated. How do I remove a fraud alert?


How to temporarily lift a security freeze

Dear Experian,

I need to lift the security freeze for 24 hours to buy a car. How do I do that?


Correcting an address in your credit report

Dear Experian,

I need to dispute an incorrect mailing address on my credit file. What is the process to correct my address?


Checking to see if your children have credit reports

Dear Experian,

How do I check to see if my children have open credit reports? The form requires a driver’s license number, which they do not have.


Adding telephone number to temporary fraud alert

Dear Experian,

I want to add my cell phone number to my file because I just put in a 90 day fraud alert. I noticed when I pulled my file up online, you only show my home number. When I call the numbers on the letter I received, it just wants me to order a report. I already have the online report.


Security freezes are not shared among the national credit reporting companies

Dear Experian,

Does placing a security freeze at one credit agency extend to all three credit agencies like a fraud alert?


Identity theft can land a fraudster in jail

Dear Experian,

Can a person actually go to jail for identity theft? I was just curious if someone can actually get in trouble for it, or if people just get away with it!


The impact of fraud alerts when checks and debit cards or stolen

Dear Experian,

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.


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