A note from Sheriff Steve Prator about Identity Theft:
"The following is interesting and helpful information that was passed on to me. Hopefully you will never have to go through the ordeal of having someone steal your identity, as I did."
Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine, copy both sides of each license, credit card, etc. Now you will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel, in case of a loss. Keep the photocopy in a safe place.
The three organizations are:
1. Equifax - 1-800-525-6285
2. Experian, (formerly TRW) - 1-888-397-3742
3. Trans Union - 1-800-680-7289
Free annual credit reports are made available to consumers under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The act requires that the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union – provide to consumers, upon request, a free copy of their credit report once every 12 months.
To obtain the free credit reports, call 1-877-322-8228 or www.annualcreditreport.com