Where to Get Help with Identity Theft Protection

By Michael J. Arata, Jr.

Part of Identity Theft For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you need help with identity protection, there’s plenty available. Identity theft protection companies, credit bureaus, and government agencies are there to help you protect your identity or restore your reputation should you become a victim. Here’s a summary of those resources:

Agency/Name Phone Number What Information They Provide
Federal Trade Commission 877-382-4357 How to protect yourself and what to do if you are a
victim.
Social Security
Administration
800-772-1213 How to report fraud and misuse of your SSN.
United States Postal
Service
877-876-2455 (Postal Inspectors) It is under the tab contact
us. MJA
How to protect yourself from becoming a victim and how to
report mail theft.
Equifax 866-640-2273 Credit bureau; provides credit reports you can use to track
your credit history and standing
Experian 888-397-3742 It is on the web site under contact us MJA Credit bureau; provides credit reports you can use to track
your credit history and standing
TransUnion 800-680-7289 Credit bureau; provides credit reports you can use to track
your credit history and standing
AnnualCreditReport.com
(Free credit report; no monthly fee)
877-322-8228 It is on the site MJA Order free annual credit report from all three credit bureaus
(Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) at no charge
ChexSystems 800-428-9623 Check verification company; Helps with fraudulent, lost, or
stolen checks. Also provides information on why a check was
denied.
Certegy (No Web site) 800-437-5120 Check verification company; helps with fraudulent, lost, or
stolen checks. Also provides information on why a check was
denied.
TeleCheck
(Owned by First Data)
800-366-2425 Check verification company; helps with fraudulent, lost, or
stolen checks. Also provides information on why a check was
denied.
SCAN 800-262-7771 Check verification company; helps with fraudulent, lost, or
stolen checks. Also provides information on why a check was
denied.
Identity Theft Resource
Center
888 400-5530 Information about identity theft and resources to assist you if
you become a victim.
Privacy Rights
Clearinghouse
619-298-3396 Information on identity theft prevention and what to do if you
become a victim.
U.S. Department of
Justice
202-514-2000 (Main switchboard) Identity theft prevention and reporting if you become a
victim.
Truston 800-960-5512 Identity theft prevention company; guides you through the
process of fixing your credit if you become a victim. Provides
information on preventing identity theft.
LifeLock 800-543-3562 Identity theft prevention company; guides you through the
process of fixing your credit if you become a victim. Provides
information on preventing identity theft.