What to do if you’re a victim of identity theft

Reporter: Rich Kolko
FILE: Cyber security

So you’ve found yourself a victim of a scam or identity theft. What do you do next?

Well you have a couple of options.

Calling 9-1-1 is not necessary, but you do need to contact your local police or sheriff’s office and ask for the fraud unit.

It’s also an excellent idea to contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3 as it’s known.

This is the best place to file a complaint, learn about new scams and get the facts in their annual report on how prevalent this problem is.

And when you file the complaint, this is what you should have ready:

  • Financial transaction information
  • Information on the scammer
  • Details of the fraud and any emails or texts sent to you

And remember, you’re not alone.

Florida is the second most victimized state in the U.S. when it comes to fraud.

LINK: Report a computer crime to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

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