Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Identify Theft & Fraud Alerts

With the news that a laptop computer has been stolen containing the personal identity information of veterans discharged after 1975, it's more important than ever to periodically monitor your credit report.

If you suspect that you may be a victim of fraud, here's the contact information of the 3 major credit reporting agencies. Once you have requested a fraud alert put on your account, they will alert the other agencies as well.

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

Again, you're able to access your credit report from each company once a year. For more information about identity theft and what you can do to prevent it, visit the Federal Trade Commission's website.

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