Online Scams: Phishing
- Consumers should periodically check their credit reports to see if any suspicious activity is contained there. If you have been a victim of fraud, you can obtain a credit report without charge immediately.
Federal law requires each of the national credit reporting bureaus — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to provide you with a free copy of your credit report once per year. You can obtain free copies of your credit report from the three major credit reporting bureaus by writing to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. Make sure to specify which bureau you want your report from or use the form available at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0155-free-credit-reports. You can also visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228.
- Forward phishing emails to email@example.com and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the email. You also may report phishing email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Anti-Phishing Working Group, a group of ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions and law enforcement agencies, uses these reports to fight phishing.
- If you might have been tricked by a phishing email, file a report with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.
- For more information about protecting yourself from identity theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft resource page.
- If you have questions, or need more information, call the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Assistance Unit at 860-808-5420 or email email@example.com.