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Credit Reporting Agencies – Fraud Departments

Equifaxwww.equifax.com
To order your report, call: 800-685-1111 or write:
P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
To report fraud, call: 800-525-6285/ TDD: 800-255-0056 and write: P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

Experianwww.experian.com
To order your report, call: 888-EXPERIAN (397-3742) or write: P.O. Box 2104, Allen, TX 75013
To report fraud, call: 888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)/ TDD:
800-972-0322 and write: P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013

TransUnionwww.transunion.com
To order your report, call: 800-916-8800 or write:
P.O. Box 1000, Chester, PA 19022
To report fraud, call: 800-680-7289/ TDD:
877-553-7803 and write: Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92634-6790

Federal Trade Commission – 1-877-382-4357

To opt out of credit card offers call: 1-888–5-OPTOUT

To opt out of direct mail offers write:
DMA Mail Pref. Service
PO BOX 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008


Internet Resources
The following links are provided as a public service. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office cannot take responsibility for the content of other web sites.

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC): http://www.epic.org/
A privacy advocacy group that deals with privacy issues in general, with emphasis on articles and reports on existing law, proposed regulations and pending legislation. Also provides links to other sites and various resources.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft/
A brief summary of how identify theft may occur with links to information on existing laws and pending legislation.

Jason Catlett’s Junkbusters: http://www.junkbusters.com/
An advocate who focuses on unwanted solicitations, whether by mail, telephone, or e-mail and provides information and practical suggestions for getting your name off lists.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: http://www.privacyrights.org/
Excellent source of information, resources and other links to sites. One of principal focuses is on identity theft, with a substantial amount of practical information and advocacy. The Fact Sheets are extremely useful.

Privacy Times published by Evan Hendricks: http://www.privacytimes.com/
Contains articles from Privacy Times on companies or practices that it views as a threat to privacy, as well as summaries of legislative and regulatory developments. The link to "How to Protect Your Privacy" in the upper right hand corner contains some useful tips, as well as links to other sites.

Reviews.com Credit Reports: http://www.reviews.com/credit-report/
Up-to-date and unbiased reviews of 20 different credit reporting companies, including a list of the top 10.

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG): http://pirg.org/consumer/index.htm
Consumer page has links to their May 2000 report on identity theft (Nowhere to Turn: Victims Speak Out on Identity Theft) and to privacy alerts and information on pending legislation and regulations.

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