Rip-off artists bank on victims being too confused or embarrassed to fight back. But no matter the scam, there's someone who can help you take steps to protect your finances and credit rating.
Trust these agencies and organizations when you need help.
If you notice suspicious activity on your accounts, call your financial institution and then file a report with local police.
At Suffolk Credit Union, the security of your account information is a top priority. That's why we've compiled this list of resources that you can turn to for advice and guidance.
A Guide for Business
Most companies keep sensitive personal information in their files—names, Social Security numbers, credit card, or other account data—that identifies customers or employees.
This information often is necessary to fill orders, meet payroll, or perform other necessary business functions. However, if sensitive data falls into the wrong hands, it can lead to fraud, identity theft, or similar harms. Given the cost of a security breach—losing your customers’ trust and perhaps even defending yourself against a lawsuit—safeguarding personal information is just plain good business. Check out some helpful tips and advice.
If you notice suspicious activity, the first thing to do is to alert your financial institution. Next, you should contact local law enforcement and file a police report. You should also talk to others who may be involved with the account, such as collection agencies, the company that wrote the line of credit and credit reporting agencies. Also, be sure to seek assistance from identity theft organizations, such as the Identity Theft Resource Center and the Identity Theft Assistance Center.
Other Helpful Resources
- The Consumer Protection Bureau
- Federal Trade Commission: Identity Theft Clearinghouse;
- 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; Washington, DC, 20580. Phone:
- AARP Recent Scams
- Visit Annual Credit Report or call 877.322.8228 to request free credit report
- Visit Experian Credit Bureau or call 888.397.3742 to request a credit report and/or to report fraud
- Visit Equifax Credit Bureau or call 800.685.1111, option 4 to request a credit report or call 800.525.6285 to report fraud
- Visit TransUnion Credit Bureau or call 800.916.8800 to request a credit report or call 800.680.7289 to report fraud
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. Postal Inspection Service
- U.S. Social Security Administration
- U.S. Secret Service
- Internal Revenue Service
- On Guard Online
- Fraud Hotline 800.269.0271