The Identity Theft Unit was founded on June 1, 2003 by Sheriff Hale. Identity theft is a difficult and complex crime. It not only affects people on a financial level, but also on an emotional level. Our office understands the frustration, anger and fears that identity theft victims experience and will work to help you prevent becoming a victim of this ever-growing problem. If you are already a victim, we will work with you and any federal agencies to assist in a quick resolution so that you may begin rebuilding your financial and personal life once again.
Articles & Printable Resources
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- Identity Theft: What to do if it happens to you
- Identity Theft: Online Shopping Tips
- Identity Theft & Children
- Firewalls & Computer Safety
- Identity Theft: When you personally know the identity thief
- Identity Theft: Overcoming the Emotional Impact
- Identity Theft: Travel Tips
- Print ALL Educational Material (29 pages)
Sponsored by Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. This site covers both privacy and identity theft issues. We especially recommend the sections on new entries (the most up-to-date information), privacy fact sheets, case histories, and speeches and testimony. “Nowhere to Turn” is the most comprehensive survey/report done on identity theft victims today.
The Federal Trade Commission maintains this site and it is full of good information. You should register the identity theft with them. You can reach them toll-free: 1-877-IDTHEFT. The FTC keeps a database of identity theft crimes reported to them. The statistics they collect are helping to force legislators take this crime seriously. The FTC also works with law enforcement to link cases and find imposters who may be repeating this crime in other locations.
A well-organized site with some good information.
The U.S. Department of Justice. There are a number of free publications available at this site.
For up-to-date information on scams.
U.S PIRG is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that works for stronger privacy laws.
Check out a business or a possible scam with the Better Business Bureau.
Written by Evan Hendricks. A newsletter published about 22 times a year about privacy and identity theft information. Includes lawsuits, legislation and information on the crime.
National White Collar Crime Center.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service.
US Government Accounting Office (facts and figures).
This is a good general research area on a variety of topics including pending federal privacy and identity theft legislation.
Listing of legislative bills introduced in the U.S. Senate.
Social Security Administration.
US Secret Service.
The FBI and their Internet Complaint Center.
Credit Reporting Agencies
TransUnion: 800-888-4213, www.tuc.com
To report fraud: 800-680-7289
Experian: 888-EXPERIAN, www.experian.com
To report fraud: 888-397-3742
Equifax: 800-997-2493, www.equifax.com
To report fraud: 800-525-6285
Hearing impaired: Call 1-800-255-0056
AT&T hearing impaired line. Ask the operator to call the Auto Disclosure Line at 1-800-685-1111 to obtain a copy of your report. To dispute information or report a fraud, call the dispute 800# located on the top of your credit report..
Lieutenant Mike Yarbrough