These are steps that can be taken to repair the damage done to a victim's name and credit:
- Get a copy of your credit report and check it for open accounts you did not authorize. Your credit report can be obtained from 1 of the 3 credit reporting agencies: Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.
- Have the credit reporting agencies place a security alert on your credit report. This will make it harder for anyone to open new accounts in your name.
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Never give a caller your credit card, phone card, Social Security number or bank account number over the phone. It's illegal for telemarketers to ask for these numbers to verify a prize or gift.