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Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in
America. The Rockton Police Department is
committed to doing everything possible to prevent
your identity from being stolen. If you find you
are a victim of financial identity theft, please
click here for in-depth information regarding
fighting back against identity theft. Possessing
accurate and all inclusive records will help you to
resolve your identity theft case more quickly. Here
are some tips for organizing an identity theft case
from the Federal Trade Commission in their
publication entitled: TAKE CHARGE: Fighting Back
Against Identity Theft.
|Have a plan when you contact a company. Do
not assume that the person you talk to will give
you all the information or help you need.
Prepare a list of questions to ask the
representative, as well as information about
your identity theft. Do not end the call until
you are sure you understand everything you have
been told. If you need more help, ask to speak
to a supervisor.
|Write down the name of everyone you talk to,
what he or she tells you, and the date the
conversation occurred. Use
Chart Your Course of Action to help you.
|Follow up in writing with all contacts you
have made on the phone or in person. Use
certified mail, return receipt requested, so you
can document what the company or organization
received and when.
|Keep copies of all correspondence or forms
|Keep the originals of supporting documents,
like police reports and letters to and from
creditors; send copies only.
|Set up a filing system for easy access to
|Keep old files even if you believe your case
is closed. Once resolved, most cases stay
resolved, but problems can crop up. |