What should I do if my identity has been stolen?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Consumer education expert Linda Sherry discusses what to do if your identity has been stolen, including creating a police report.

    Speaker: What should I do if my identity has been stolen?

    Linda Sherry: The first thing you need to do, if your identity is stolen is to get a police report and you should also order free copies of your credit report. If you've already got your free copies for the year, go ahead and pay for them because this is very important. Once you've put a fraud alert or an ID theft alert on your credit report, you will be able to get more free copies in the future. When you have got your police report, you go to the FTC and download -- the FTC is the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft clearing house, they offer a free affidavit that you can download and fill out. You can note or write it if you want to, but you are not required to and together with the police report and the fraud affidavit, you can send these materials to any company that is saying that you owe money when you are victim of ID theft and that should help clear up your good name.