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IDENTITY THEFT

Using this internet police reporting system allows you to immediately file your report, avoid waiting for response, and immediate access to a copy of your report – free of charge.

If you are the victim of identity theft or fraud please get and keep all papers, receipts, cancelled checks, mail from companies, etc. related to this crime. We may contact you to get these items if needed and you should keep copies for your records.

You should contact the agencies listed to report this crime. You may be asked to provide the police report number.

Agency Web URL Contact Telephone Number
Equifax http://www.equifax.com/ 1-800-525-6285
Experian http://www.experian.com/ 1-888-397-3742
Trans Union http://www.transunion.com/ 1-800-680-7289
U.S. Federal Trade Commission http://www.ftc.gov/ 1-877-438-4338
Department of Motor Vehicles   1-866-658-5758

Other financial crime incidents – contact the listed agencies:

Declined/NSF checks written to you (under $5,000).
If over $5,000 – file a report with Bakersfield Police.
Kern County District Attorney’s (Check Busters) Office (661) 868-7640
Unemployment check State of California Employment Development 1-800-300-5616 (English) or 1-800-326-8937 (Spanish)
Social Security check Social Security Administration (661) 861-4242
Welfare checks, EBT Cards or food stamps Contact your case worker  
Lottery Tickets California Lottery Commission (559) 449-2430
Fraudulent use of your social security number for employment or taxes Federal Trade Commission 1-877-438-4338
www.ftc.gov
DMV documents/license forged or obtained in your name California Department of Motor Vehicles Investigations (661) 836-2291
Citations or arrests in your name Contact the appropriate court Also contact the California Attorney General’s Office for the Identity Theft Registry 1-888-0240
Counterfeit US currency If there is no suspect information, contact your bank If there is suspect information, contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111

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*****HELPFUL TIPS*****

• Protect your social security number and only give it out when required by law.
• No bank, auction site or other business should send you an email asking you to enter credit card information, passwords, social security numbers or other personal information. Often these fake emails will contain links to pages that look real but are not. If you suspect you are being directed to a fake site please go to the actual home web site of the company and inform them of what has happened.
• Avoid mail theft by obtaining a locked mailbox and dropping off outgoing mail at the local post office or postal mailbox.
• Do not give out your personal information or credit card number over the phone unless you initiated the call.
• Shred credit card offers and bank statements before you throw them away if you do not plan on using them.



 
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