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KSG BUSINESS FRAUD - LETTER
VOL III - NO. 1 April 2001
Identity Theft

Identity 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:

  • Set up a file to keep a detailed history of the relevant facts.
  • Call 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.
  • Contact all creditors, by phone and in writing, to inform them of the problem.
  • Keep 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 as possible.
  • Check 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.
  • Notify your utilities companies and ascertain if any new accounts have been opened in your name.
  • If your drivers license was stolen, contact DMV.
  • If your social security number is being used by the thief, call the Social Security Administration and ask about getting a new SSN issued
  • Notify the local office of the Postal Inspection Service if you suspect your mail has been stolen or tampered with.
  • Make sure all stolen credit cards and checks are canceled.

Resource numbers:

  • Experian: (888) 397-3742
  • Equifax: (800) 525-6285
  • Trans Union: (800) 680-7289
  • Social Security: (800) 772-1213
  • Privacy Rights Web Sites:
    o www.privacyrights.org
    o www.dca.ca. gov
    o www.prig.orR/cal prig/

For additional information contact Bruce Kelton, JD, CFE, CPP or John Sboto, CPA, CFE at:
KSG Forensic & Investigative Services, Inc.

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