ID Theft

  • Call the Police: To report a physical theft of your belongings, or a robbery. If immediate danger is over, you can make a report to the Seattle Police non-emergency line: (206) 625-5011
  • You can make a report of Identity Theft online if:
    • Suspect knowingly obtains, possesses, uses, or transfers identification or financial information of another person.
    • With intent to commit, aid, or abet any crime
    • Does NOT include NSF or forged checks
    • Includes the establishment of a new account
      Make a report of Identity Theft
  • Call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service office (206) 442-6300: If the crime involved U.S. mail.
  • Call the U.S. Secret Service (206)220-6800: If the crime involved counterfeit credit cards or computer hacking.
  • Call the issuing credit card company: if the crime involved credit card fraud.

Next Steps

  • Call the Federal Trade Commission 1-877-IDTHEFT: For counseling and help to resolve problems arising from this crime.
  • Call one of the major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion): to see if any new accounts were opened in your name without your consent. You can place a "fraud alert" on your file. Please note: If you call before you have a police incident number, the alert stays on your information for only 90 days. If you call WITH a police incident number, the alert will stay on your file for 7 years.
  • Keep a record: When you start calling agencies to report your case, keep a record of the names and phone numbers of the people you talked to, along with any supporting documentation.