Fraud Center

Fraud Center

To Report Identity Theft and Fraud

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, follow these steps as soon as possible:

  • Contact the three national credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, TransUnion) and ask them to place a "fraud alert" on your credit file.
  • File a report with your local police department or FBI office.
  • Order your credit reports. Once you have placed an initial fraud alert, you are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting companies.
  • Contact all your creditors (by phone and in writing) to inform them of the problem.
  • If mail use is suspected, notify your local postmaster.
  • Alert our bank and any other institution you bank with. Your bank(s) can watch for any unusual activity or suggest other means of protecting your account.
  • Request any Personal Identification Number (PIN) or passwords are changed.

If you believe there has been fraudulent activity on your business accounts, file a complaint with the California Attorney General's Office and the Better Business Bureau immediately.