Identity Theft ID Theft Brochure

When your private financial information gets into the wrong hands, the consequences can be devastating. Yet there are many ways you can help protect yourself daily, from taking precautions while online to checking your credit report periodically.

If you should fall victim to identity theft, it is important that you act quickly. This Identity Theft brochure can help you contact the correct agencies and file the necessary reports to help minimizing the damage to your financial wellbeing.

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Equifax, Experian and TransUnion Continue to Offer FREE Weekly Online Credit Reports

Florida - Identity Theft Prevention

Visit to request your free credit reports. To ensure no one but you can access your credit information, you will be asked some security questions that only you know. Make sure to have your records on hand. Avoid other sites offering free credit reports, they could be scams. is the only federally authorized place to get free credit reports.

Read your report carefully. If you spot mistakes this Federal Trade Commission about Disputing Errors on Your Credit Reports article will guide you on what to do. If you find suspicious activity, report it at

Who to Contact ASAP

Credit Bureaus: Immediately contact the fraud departments of each of the credit bureaus listed below. Alert them that you are a victim of identity theft, and request that a fraud alert be placed in your file. You can also request a security freeze, preventing credit issuers from obtaining access to your credit files without your permission. This prevents thieves from opening new credit card accounts in your name.

Law Enforcement: Report identity theft to your local law enforcement agency. If the crime occurred somewhere other than where you live, you may wish to report it to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where the crime occurred. The law enforcement agency will create an "identity theft report" and you can request a copy. Consumers can report identity theft at, the federal government’s one-stop resource to help people report and recover from identity theft. The site provides step-by-step advice and helpful resources like easy-to-print checklists and sample letters.

To report fraud, scams, or bad business practices, consumers should go to

Credit Bureau Contact Information

Protect Your Child's Identity

Many parents and guardians monitor their own credit reports. However, few request their child’s credit report, which could result in the theft of a child’s identity going undiscovered for years. For more information, visit Child Identity Theft.