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Prevent Identity Theft -- Safeguard Your Personal Information


Equifax
P.O. Box 105873
Atlanta, GA 30348-5873
Telephone: 1-800-997-2493
www.equifax.com

Experian Information Solutions
P.O. Box 949
Allen, TX 75013-0949
Telephone:1-888-397-3742
www.experian.com


TransUnion

P.O. Box 390
Springfield, PA 19064-0390
Telephone: 1-800-916-8800
www.tuc.com

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
337-232-9211
Lafayette City Police
337-291-8600
Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline
1-800-269-0271
Equifax Credit Bureau, Fraud
1-800-525-6285
www.equifax.com
TransUnion Credit Bureau, Fraud
1-800-680-7289
www.tuc.com
Federal Trade Commission
1-877-IDTHEFT
www.ftc.gov
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
www.usps.com/postalinspectors
Internet Fraud Complaint Center
www.ifccfbi.gov
Prevent Abduction

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:

Parents:

  • 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.

Children:

  • 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.