Guarding Against Identity Theft
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is not necessary in the case of this security breach for veterans to contact financial institutions or cancel credit cards and bank accounts. Here is what veterans can do to protect themselves:
· Be vigilant. Carefully monitor bank and credit card statements. Report unusual activity immediately to the financial institution involved and contact the Federal Trade Commission.
· If you detect suspicious or unusual activity, do the following:
1. Contact the fraud department of one of the three major credit bureaus:
Equifax: 800-525-6285; http:/
Experian: 888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); http:/
TransUnion: 800-680-7289; http:/
2. Close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
3. File a report with your local police department or the police department in the area where the identity theft took place.
4. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by using its identity theft hotline at 877-438-4338, online at http:/
· For more information, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs' special Web site, http:/
SOURCE: Department of Veterans Affairs