Better Business Bureau
Research a business or find
local contact information
www.bbb.org

Do Not Call Registry
888-382-1222
www.donotcall.gov

Free Annual Credit Report
877-322-8228
www.annualcreditreport.com
(Other credit report services may charge a fee.)

Motor Vehicle Title Information
www.vehiclehistory.gov
www.publicsafety.ohio.gov

Foundation for
Credit Counseling
Credit counseling services
800-388-2227
www.nfcc.org
Ohio Department of Commerce
Investor Protection Hotline
877-N-VEST 411 (877-683-7841)
www.com.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Insurance
Consumer Hotline
800-685-1526
www.insurance.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Veterans
Services
877-OHIO-VET (877-644-6838)
www.dvs.ohio.gov

Ohio Legal Aid
Legal aid provider
866-LAW-OHIO (877-529-6446)
www.ohiolegalservices.org

Save the Dream Ohio
Foreclosure prevention help
888-404-4674
www.savethedream.ohio.gov

Consumer Resources
www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov
IDENTITY THEFT
 PREVENTION TIPS

*   Check your credit report(s) at www.annualcreditreport.com at least once a year

*   Monitor your bank account statements regularly

​*   Never carry unnecessary personal information in your wallet or purse.

*   Shred documents containing personal information

*   If a bill fails to arrive, contact the company immediately.  Thieves may steal information from mailboxes.

*   Never share personal information with anyone contacts you unexpectedly.

*   Update your computer software and mobile applications regularly.

*   Use internet passwords that are hard to guess, and change them regularly.

*   Set passcodes on your smartphone.

*   If doing business online, make sure the site is secure,  It should start with "hhtps."

*   Make copies of your credit cards (front & back) so that you can call and cancel them quickly if the are stole.
IMMEDIATE STEPS FOR VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT

*   File a police report

*   Place an initial fraud alert on your credit report through the credit reporting agencies listed below

*   Order your credit reports and contact your bank or credit provider.

*   Contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

SIGNS OF IDENTITY THEFT

*   You find inaccurate personal information or unfamiliar accounts on your credit report.

*   Bill collectors contact you about debts you do not owe.

You no longer receive certain mail or you receive mail related to unfamiliar credit cards.

*   You are denied credit for no apparent reason.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES

Annual Credit Report 877-322-8228
www.annualcreditreport.com

Equifax 800-525-6285
www.equifax.com

Experian 888-397-3742
www.experian.com


LIST OF AGENCIES TO CALL TO  – Be Scam Smart: Avoiding Common Scams
From the Office of US Senator Sherrod Brown

Federal Agencies: 
Office of US Senator Sherrod Brown:
 888-896-6446

Federal Trade Commission:
 1-877-438-4338

Department of Justice, Credit Counselor Hotline: 
202-514-4100

IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit:1-800-908-4490

Do Not Call Registry:
1-888-382-1222

State Agencies:
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine:
800-282-0515

Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging:            614-481-3511

Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol (Medicare Fraud):        1-800-488-6070

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (utilities Fraud):        1-877-742-5622

Credit Reporting Companies:
Equifax:1-800-525-6285
Experian:1-888-397-3742
TransUnion:1-800-680-7289