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What To Do If You Are A Victim Of Identity Theft?
The Attorney General recommends that you take the following steps if you suspect you are a victim of identity theft:

  1. stop ongoing damage;
  2. report identity theft crime;
  3. fill out identity theft affidavits;
  4. prevent further identity theft abuse;
  5. monitor your credit report;
  6. declare that you are a victim.

For more details on each step and to download the FTC's affidavit, exhibits and court order forms visit the Texas Fights ID Theft website.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has authority to prosecute identity theft at the federal level. Report identity theft to the FTC by calling (877) IDTHEFT (877-438-4338) or visit their website.

If you are a victim of identity theft, you may get a call from someone posing as a bank representative or law enforcement official requesting your personal information under some pretext. Do not give out your information; you have no way of knowing who is really on the other end of the line.

If another person is arrested and falsely uses your name or other personal information, Texas law allows you to have your information expunged from the arrest record. Contact the Crime Records Service at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) by calling (512) 424-5258 or visit the Texas DPS website.

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