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How to Report Fraud

June 18, 2019

Unfortunately even the most careful precautions are not fool proof. If you believe you’re already a victim of identity theft, follow these easy steps to report the crime.

  1. Contact Columbia Credit Union immediately, so we can help you:
    • Complete the paperwork necessary to report the fraud
    • Investigate the incident
    • Place various holds and flags on your account to help deter future attempts
    • Close your account
  2. Contact the fraud departments at each of the three major credit bureaus to request a “Fraud Alert” on your file and order FREE copies of your credit report.
  3. Contact the security departments at the financial institution where you hold accounts or loans that have experienced fraudulent activity.
  4. File a report with your local police.
  5. Complete an Identity Theft Affidavit, so you don’t become responsible for debts incurred by the identity thief.
  6. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

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Law Enforcement and Government Resources
FTC – Taking Charge: What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen
FTC – Safeguarding Your Child’s Future
Internet Crime Complaint Center
Federal Trade Commission — Identity Theft Resource Center
Vancouver Police
Clark County Sheriff