• Call the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338) and request a
copy of their brochure "Identity Crime: When Bad Things Happen to Your Good
Name." This brochure contains sample dispute letters to help get you started as
well as more information on resolving credit problems. The brochure is also
available through the Federal Trade Commission website at www.ftc.gov
Contact your bank or financial ins t itution.
• If your checks have been stolen, or if you believe they have been used, contact
your bank or credit union and stop payment right away.
• Put stop payments on any outstanding checks that you are unsure about.
• Contact the major check verification companies and request they notify retailers
who use their databases not to accept your checks:
TeleCheck 1-800-710-9898 or 927-0188
Cetergy, Inc 1-800-437-5120
International Check Services 1-800-631-9656
• Call SCAN at 1-800-262-7771 to learn if bad checks have been passed in your
• If you suspect your accounts have been compromised, cancel your checking and
savings accounts and obtain new account numbers.
Report the incident to law enforcement.
• Contact your local police department or sheriffs office to file a report. Under
Florida Statute 817.568, the report may be filed in the location in which the
offense occurred, or, the city or county in which you reside.
• When you file the report, provide as much documentation as possible, including
copies of debt collection letters, credit reports, and your notarized ID Theft
• Request a copy of the police report. Some creditors will request to see the report
to remove the debts created by the identity thief.