If you are a victim of Identity Theft - Call Police.
In addition to contacting police, we recommend that you also contact Equifax (1-800-465-7166) as well as Trans Union Canada (1-800-663-9980) to advise them that you are a victim of Identity Theft. Request the following from these Credit Bureaus:
- A credit history on yourself - you can obtain this online for a fee or you can have it mailed to you for free. Once you receive your credit history, check it out and make sure that everything belongs to you. Report any other problems to police.
- Tell them that you would like your credit "flagged". This will alert them to exercise more caution if anyone makes an application for credit in your name. This step will prevent further damage to your credit.
We also recommend that you contact PhoneBusters to report your circumstance. This agency tracks this form of fraud as well as many others. In Ontario, they are administered by the Ontario Provincial Police. Across Canada, they are administered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Other useful links for Identity Theft include: 10 Ways to Protect Your Credit Cards Replacing Lost or Stolen Identification Interac Association - Protect Your PIN VISA MasterCard American Express (AMEX) Internet Fraud Complaint Center (USA) SeniorBusters PhoneBusters Trans Union Canada (1-800-663-9980) Equifax (1-800-465-7166) RCMP RECOL (Reporting Economic Crime Online) Government of Canada - I.D. ABC's of Fraud Program Ontario Provincial Police