What To Do If You Are A Victim Of Identity Theft?

The Attorney General recommends that you take the following steps if you suspect you are a victim of identity theft:

  1. Stop ongoing damage
  2. Report identity theft crime
  3. Fill out identity theft affidavits
  4. Prevent further identity theft abuse
  5. Monitor your credit report
  6. Declare that you are a victim

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.  

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