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"TRUSTED" Fraud, Internet Fraud, Credit Card Fraud

ABOUT CREDIT CARD FRAUD
The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them, if someone takes your check book they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name but your bank will know how you sign your checks. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address, if you do not have a PO Box use your work address. Never have your SSN# printed on your checks you can add it if it is necessary but have it printed and anyone can get it. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine, do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel.
Keep the photocopy in a safe place. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, this proves to credit providers you were diligent, and is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).
Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. Applications for credit can be made over the internet in your name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.
Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289


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