Federal Trade Commission, Free Credit Reports, HPD, IRS, National Consumers League, National Do Not Call Registry, Social Security Administration and the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney
Trade Commission (FTC) www.ftc.gov
The FTC is the federal clearinghouse for complaints by victims of identity theft. It provides information to identity theft victims to help resolve the problems that can result from identity theft. If you are a victim of identity theft, you can file a complaint with the FTC Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338).
Free Credit Reports are available by clicking on the link or by calling 1-877-322-8228. A recent amendment to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA) requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. Reviewing your credit report on a regular basis can help you guard against fraud. Click on the link to order your free report on-line.
Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii County Police Department, Maui County Police Department, Kauai County Police Department, are local law enforcement agencies. If your identity is stolen, REPORT THE CRIME IMMEDIATELY TO POLICE! Obtain the police report number and record it for future reference. Obtain a verification letter from the Records Division of the police department. A copy of this letter can be given to creditors when you dispute fraudulent charges. Call 911 to report the theft.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is a federal agency that is the nation's tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress.
An identity thief may file a tax return using your Social Security Number to receive a refund.
If the thief already filed a return using your Social Security Number, the IRS will believe that you already filed and received your refund, and the return you just submitted is a second copy or duplicate.
If you do receive a notice from the IRS that leads you to believe someone may have used your Social Security Number fraudulently, notify IRS immediately by responding to the name and number printed on the notice or letter.
Be alert to possible identity theft if the notice or letter states that:
- more than one tax return for you was filed, or
- IRS records indicate you received wages from an employer unknown to you
If you receive a notice, contact the IRS either by phone or in writing as directed in that notice. Tax examiners will work with you and other agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, to help resolve the problem.
You should also know that the IRS does not request personal taxpayer information through e-mail. If you do receive this type of request, it may be an attempt from identity thieves to get your private tax information.
National Consumers League is a private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues. Click on the link to find out more about consumer issues. Or contact them at NCL, 1701 K Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington DC 20006
National Do Not Call Registry was created by the Federal government to make it easier and more efficient for you to stop getting telemarketing calls you don’t want. Click on the link to register your phone numbers.
Social Security Administration is a federal agency created as a public program designed to provide income and services to individuals in the event of retirement, sickness, disability, death, or unemployment. In the United States, the term social security refers specifically to the programs established in 1935 under the Social Security Act. In particular, it refers to the social insurance portion of that act, which uses contributions made by workers and employers to provide income to people and their families during retirement or in the case of involuntary unemployment, disability, or death. .
Check out some information about you and your social security card . For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov or call toll-free 1-800-772-1213 (for the deaf or hard of hearing, call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778). Specific questions can be answered by automated phone service 24 hours a day.
The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney is a governmental agency that represents the State of Hawaii in offenses against the laws of the state and the ordinances and rules and regulations of the city. You can file a written complaint with the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney using the MS WORD format or the ADOBE PDF format. The Prosecuting Attorney will evaluate your complaint and prosecute your case in court if there is sufficient evidence of guilt. You can mail it to:
Department of the Prosecuting Attorney
City & County of Honolulu
1060 Richards Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
ATTN: Christopher Van Marter,
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Or call: (808) 547-7400, toll free: 1-800-531-5538