theft involves acquiring key pieces of someone's identifying
information, such as name, address, date of birth, social
security number, and mother's maiden name, in order to impersonate
them. This information enables the identity thief to commit
numerous forms of fraud, which include taking over the victim's
bank accounts, opening new bank accounts, purchasing automobiles,
applying for loans, credit cards and social security benefits,
renting apartments, and establishing services with utility
and phone companies.
If you become a victim of identity theft:
up a file to keep a detailed history of the relevant facts.
the fraud units of the three credit bureaus - Equifax, Experian
and Trans Union. Request an alert be placed on your record
and a victim's statement be placed on your account.
all creditors, by phone and in writing, to inform them of
a log of all your contacts. Get names, dates and times,
and make copies of all letters and documents. Report the
crime to local police and provide as much documentation
your bank statements and check stock to determine if any
of your checks were stolen. Check with your bank for fraudulent
accounts that you did not open.
your utilities companies and ascertain if any new accounts
have been opened in your name.
your drivers license was stolen, contact DMV.
your social security number is being used by the thief,
call the Social Security Administration and ask about getting
a new SSN issued
the local office of the Postal Inspection Service if you
suspect your mail has been stolen or tampered with.
sure all stolen credit cards and checks are canceled.
Union: (800) 680-7289
Security: (800) 772-1213
Rights Web Sites:
o www.dca.ca. gov
o www.prig.orR/cal prig/
additional information contact Bruce Kelton, JD, CFE, CPP
or John Sboto, CPA, CFE at:
KSG Forensic & Investigative Services, Inc.
Corporate Internal Investigations
Litigation Support/Asset Searching
Fraud Prevention/Control Assessments
S. Flower Street, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Cal. Lie.//PI 21017