Identity Theft: What to do if your identity is stolen?
If you have ever been a victim of identity theft, it is a frightening time of one’s life. In just a blink of an eye you lose all rights to freedom – you no longer have access to your own finances and no longer exist as your own person.
In spirit of June being ‘National Seniors’ Month‘, here are a few tips on what to do if and when you suspect your identity is stolen.
How to Recover from Identity Theft
Debt and finances can be a sensitive subject to discuss, especially with loved ones, such as family and/or a spouse. If you have been a victim of identity theft, or for any other reason have struggled to achieve your financial goals, please call: 1.888.294.0076 or email Client Services at: CSRmail@moneymentors.ca to schedule your free credit assessment and find help recovering from your identity theft today.
What to do When Someone Steals Your Identity
If you are, or suspected to be a victim of identity theft or fraud and are wondering what to do when someone steals your identity, it is advised by the Government of Canada to file a report with local authorities and/or to follow the steps below:
- Step 1 – Contact your local police force and file a report.
- Step 2 – Contact your bank/financial institution and credit card company
- Step 3 – Contact the two national credit bureaus and place a fraud alert on your credit reports.
- Step 4 – Always report identity theft and fraud. Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre