The Attorney General recommends that you take the following steps if you suspect you are a victim of identity theft:
- Stop ongoing damage
- Report identity theft crime
- Fill out identity theft affidavits
- Prevent further identity theft abuse
- Monitor your credit report
- Declare that you are a victim
For more details on each step and to download the FTC's affidavit, exhibits and court order forms visit the Texas Fights ID Theft website.
Reporting Identity Theft
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has authority to prosecute identity theft at the federal level. Report identity theft to the FTC by calling (877) IDTHEFT 877-438-4338) or visit their website.
Do Not Give Your Information
If you are a victim of identity theft, you may get a call from someone posing as a bank representative or law enforcement official requesting your personal information under some pretext. Do not give out your information; you have no way of knowing who is really on the other end of the line.
False Information During Arrests
If another person is arrested and falsely uses your name or other personal information, Texas law allows you to have your information expunged from the arrest record. Contact the Crime Records Service at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) by calling 512-424-5258 or visit the Texas DPS website.
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