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What to do if your identity is stolen

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Having your identity stolen can be disorienting, but if it happens you need to take action quickly. Here's what you can do to protect your information:

First, call any banks where the thief opened accounts and let them know it is not you. 

Then, call every one of your banks and credit card companies to have your accounts frozen.

Contact all three credit bureau's, Transunion, Experian and Equifax, to put a fraud alert on your file and request a free copy of your credit report to see if anything was opened in your name. If there is anything you didn't authorize on any of those accounts, dispute it.

Call the Social Security Administration by phone or visit a local office and take pertinent info with you to prove you are you.

Contact the Federal Trade Commission by phone or web and file an identity theft affidavit. It's a form where you provide all your personal information and documentation, plus details of the theft. Then, take that form and file a police report with the city you live. If you know where you last had your ID, file one in that city, too.

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