Online Reporting for Identity Theft & Supporting Resources

Please review this partial definition of the California Penal Code (PC)section that governs Identity Theft.

PC 530.5.  (a) Every person who willfully obtains personal identifying information, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 530.55, of another person, and uses that information for any unlawful purpose, including to obtain, or attempt to obtain, credit, goods, services, real property, or medical information without the consent of that person, is guilty of a public offense, and upon conviction therefore,shall be punished by a fine, by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year, or by both a fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison.

If you are the victim of identity theft or fraud please obtain and keep all papers, receipts, cancelled checks, mail from companies, etc. related to this crime. We may contact you to get these items if needed and you should keep copies for your records. Consider taking further action as described below.

The following agencies provide information or resources for managing your identity theft case. You should contact the credit bureaus listed below if you are the victim of identity theft or fraud. You may be asked for a report number, which you will receive at the conclusion of this online police report process.

 

Agency

Web Site

Telephone Number

Equifax (Credit Bureau) http://www.equifax.com/ 1-800-525-6285
Experian (Credit Bureau)  http://www.experian.com/ 1-888-397-3742
Trans Union (Credit Bureau) http://www.transunion.com/ 1-800-680-7289
U.S. Federal Trade Commission http://ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/ 1-877-438-4338 
California Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver’s License Fraud 
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/fo/fotocinv.htm 1-866-658-5758

The Berkeley Police Department recommends you take these actions if you are the victim of identity theft and fraud:

  • Call the fraud units of the three credit bureaus listed above.
  • Call your other credit issuers and have your accounts password protected.
  • Request an alert be placed on your record and ascertain the expiration of the alert. Also request a victim’s statement be placed on your account.
  • Contact all creditors, by phone and in writing, where fraudulent use has occurred.
  • Carefully review all incoming statements for fraudulent use.
  • Report the crime to the local police having jurisdiction over the crime and provide as much documentation as possible.
  • Check with your bank in the event your checks were stolen. Look for fraudulent use or fraudulent accounts that
    you did not open.
  • Notify your utilities companies and ascertain if any new accounts have been opened in your name.
  • In the event your Driver’s License or Identification Card were stolen, contact DMV.
  • If your social security number is being used, call the Social Security Administration and inquire into getting a new Social Security Number issued.
  • If you suspect your mail is being stolen, call the post office and inquire if a change of address has been filed.
  • Make sure all stolen credit cards and checks are cancelled.

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