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    Identity Theft Information

    Identity theft is a serious crime.  People who have had their identities stolen can spend months or years and thousands of dollars cleaning up the mess that thieves have made of a good name and credit record.  In the meantime, victims of identity theft may lose job opportunities or be refused loans for education, housing, or vehicles.  Humiliation, anger, fear, and frustration are among the feelings victims experience as they navigate the process of rescuing their identity.

    If your information has been misused, file a report with the police and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.  If you are a victim of identity theft, take the following steps as soon as possible, and keep a record with the details of your conversations and copies of all correspondence. 


    • Place a fraud alert on your credit reports and regularly review your credit reports.

    • Close the accounts that you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.

    • File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.

    • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

       


    For additional information on Identity Theft, visit the following websites:

    Virginia Office of the Attorney General (call 1-800-370-0459 for free booklet)

    Federal Trade Commission: ID Theft pdf

    US Department of Justice

    For more information view our IDENTITY THEFT INFORMATION BROCHURE or contact the Lynchburg Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit at 434-455-6070.

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