The Attorney General's Identity Theft Unit has tools available to help victims of identity theft address their problems, and to help all consumers protect themselves from identity thieves.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country, affecting millions of Americans each year, and Marylanders are not immune. Identity theft is when a thief uses your personal identifying information to open credit accounts in your name or evade criminal liability. Identity thieves can obtain your personal information by:
The Identity Theft Unit can give you step-by-step advice on how to protect yourself from identity thieves using, or continuing to use, your personal information. We may also be able to help you address some of the issues that identity theft causes, such as dealing with credit card companies or collection agencies. You may contact the Identity Theft Unit by calling (410) 576-6491 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equifax: 1-800-685-1111 Experian: 1-888-397-3742 TransUnion: 1-888-909-8872
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Read more in our comprehensive guide to identity theft.
The Identity Theft Unit can issue Identity Theft Passports to consumers who have been impacted by identity theft. The Passport is a tool that may help a consumer resolve financial issues caused by identity theft, and may help prevent a wrongful arrest if a thief uses personal identifying information during the commission of a crime. To obtain a Passport, you must fill out and submit an application to the Identity Theft Unit. It is very important that you include a copy of a police report regarding the crime committed against you, as well as a photocopy of your Maryland Driver's License or other State-issued identification card. We will conduct a background check to verify your identity and the details of the crime, so please include any other supporting documents that you may have. Court documents, financial account statements, or your credit report will be very helpful in speeding up the approval process. Once we determine whether you are eligible for a Passport, we will contact you to provide you with instructions on how to activate your Passport and answer any questions you may have. You may fill out the Passport application online, or download the Passport application.
A “security freeze" or “credit freeze" completely blocks the information on your credit report from would-be creditors. A credit freeze can help prevent identity theft. Most businesses will not open credit accounts without first checking a consumer's credit history. If your credit files are frozen, even someone who has your name and Social Security number might not be able to get credit in your name. Everyone is able to freeze and thaw their credit reports for free.
For more information, check out our guide on freezing your credit report.
The Federal Trade Commission has useful information on its identity theft website (www.identitytheft.gov/).
The Identity Theft Resource Center is a non-profit organization that provides victim support and consumer education (www.idtheftcenter.org/).
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a non-profit organization specializing in consumer education (www.privacyrights.org).
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