Guarding Against Identity Theft
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is not necessary in the case of this security breach for veterans to contact financial institutions or cancel credit cards and bank accounts. Here is what veterans can do to protect themselves:
1. Contact the fraud department of one of the three major credit bureaus:
Equifax: 800-525-6285; http://www.equifax.com ; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, Ga. 30374-0241
Experian: 888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); http://www.experian.com ; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, Tex. 75013
TransUnion: 800-680-7289; http://www.transunion.com ; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, Calif. 92834-6790
2. Close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
3. File a report with your local police department or the police department in the area where the identity theft took place.
4. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by using its identity theft hotline at 877-438-4338, online at http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft , or by mail at Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20580.
· For more information, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs' special Web site, http://www.firstgov.gov/veteransinfo , or call 800-FED-INFO (333-4636).
SOURCE: Department of Veterans Affairs