Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
Prevent Identity Theft -- Safeguard Your Personal Information
Prevent Identity Theft Brochure
Who to Contact for Copies of your Credit Report:
P.O. Box 105873
Atlanta, GA 30348-5873
Experian Information Solutions
P.O. Box 949
Allen, TX 75013-0949
P.O. Box 390
Springfield, PA 19064-0390
Action Steps for Identity Theft Victims
- Contact all creditors, by phone and in writing, to inform them of the problem.
- Call your local police or sheriff's office to report the problem.
- Contact the Federal Trade Commission to report the problem.
- Call each of the three credit bureaus' fraud units to report identity theft. Ask to have a 'Fraud Alert/Victim Impact' statement placed in your credit file asking that creditors call you before opening any new accounts.
- Alert your banks to tag your accounts and contact you to confirm any unusual activity.
- Keep a log of all your contacts and make copies of all documents. You may also wish to contact a private or consumer advocacy group regarding illegal activity.
- Contact the Social Security Administration's Fraud Hotline.
- Contact the state office of the Department of Motor Vehicles to see if another driver's license was issued in your name. If so, request a new license number and fill out the DMV's complaint form to begin the fraud investigation process.
Report Identity Theft to:
Local Police Department or Sheriff's Office
Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office
Lafayette City Police
Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline
TransUnion Credit Bureau, Fraud 1-800-680-7289
In the United States, thousands of children are reported missing each year. There is nothing that devastates parents, friends, and a community more than child abduction or the attempted kidnapping of a child. Here are a few tips that we hope prevent this from happening to your family:
- Know where your child is at all times.
- Never leave a young child alone at home or in a car.
- Make sure your child knows his or her full name, address and telephone number.
- Make sure your child knows where you work, and your contact information.
- Know your child's friends and where they live.
- Teach your child about strangers. Tell him or her to never talk, take candy, or go with a stranger without your consent.
- Make sure your child knows never to get into a stranger's car.
- Tell your child that if approached by a stranger, run and scream.
- Let your child know that no one has a right to touch any part of his or her body that a bathing suit would cover.
- Inform your child to report to you, a police officer or school authority, anyone that exposes his or her private parts to them.
- Report to the police immediately, if your child informs you that they were lured or assaulted by a stranger.
- Never go to a friend's home without informing your parents where you are going and when you will return.
- Never talk to strangers.
- Never take candy or gifts from strangers.
- Never wander off when with parents or in a group.
- Move away from a vehicle that pulls up next to you, if you do not know the driver.
- Scream and run away from any stranger that calls you to a vehicle or attempts to touch you.
- Be suspicious of any stranger asking for assistance (including directions).
- Try to remember what the stranger looks like, as well as the vehicle and license plate number.
- Immediately inform parents or police of any strangers that attempt to call you to a vehicle.