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Steps to take if you are a victim of identity theft

Across Florida and the nation, tax fraud is a growing component of identity theft. UF works diligently to protect the personal information of its employees. Below are some steps you should take if you believe you are a victim of identity theft or have experienced a tax fraud incident:

  1. File IRS Form 14039 which can be managed online to let IRS know your complaint. You will receive a PIN number to refile your taxes.
  1. File an FTC Complaint at: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0277-create-identity-theft-report
  1. Use web site https://www.annualcreditreport.comto access free credit reports; only use one service every 4 months so you will get 3 free reports instead of one.
  1. Report misinformation and tax fraud to three credit agencies (Equifax, Experian, Transunion) and request free 90 fraud alerts; be sure to renew fraud alerts after 90 days so you get your free 180 days of service offered by federal law. If you purchase credit monitoring during this period you will be paying for the free service; instead, consider “freezing your credit accounts” as recommended in step five below.
  1. Read UF Privacy website guides for Identity Theft; see http://privacy.ufl.edu/privacy/identity-theft/. Read the brochure and take the Preventing Identity Theft training for additional tips.

Published: April 16th, 2015

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