Place a fraud alert on your name and place a "Fraud Alert / Victim Impact" statement on your credit file that prompts creditors call you before opening any new accounts
If your Social Security Number was used to obtain credit, contact the Social Security Fraud Hotline: (800) 269 - 0271
If your mail has been stolen or tampered with, contact the U.S. Postal Inspector: (800) 275 - 8777
Contact your financial institutions to report and request new account/card numbers
Contact the Identity Theft Resource Center: (888) 400 - 5530 for free assistance
Ask your banks to flag your accounts and contact you to confirm any unusual activity and change your PIN and password to a new one.
Contact the state office of the Department of Motor Vehicles, to see if another license was issued in your name;
If so, request a new driver's license number and fill out the DMV's complaint form to begin the fraud investigation process
HOW TO PREVENT IDENTITY THEFT?
Preferably use a locked mailbox to send and receive mail
Deposit all outgoing mail to your local post office
Never give any personal information over the telephone or the internet, unless your the one has made the call.
Memorize your Social Security Number and all passwords
Do not record sensitive information such as Social Security Number on anything that can be easily accessed and viewed.
Track transactions to match and compare them to bank statements
Immediately report all lost or stolen credit/debit cards
Apply for a new credit/debit card. If the card hasn't arrived in a timely manner, report it to the bank or credit card company immediately
Monitor expiration dates on your credit/debit cards; Contact the issuer if replacement cards are not received prior to expiration dates
Do not carry your Social Security card with you
Never give your Social Security Number to anyone, unless within good reason for providing it
Shred documents containing any sensitive information