- Report the problem right away to the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance and follow their guidance on what to do.
- While the SBA processes your identity theft report, you may still get monthly invoices. Keep these invoices until the SBA has finished reviewing your identity theft report.
- Visit IdentityTheft.gov/steps, which will guide you through placing a free, one-year fraud alert on your credit, checking your free credit reports for other accounts you did not open, closing fraudulent accounts opened in your name, and adding a free extended fraud alert or credit freeze to your credit report.
- Report on IdentityTheft.gov all instances of fraudulent accounts that you find, including the SBA loan. You will get an Identity Theft Report that you can use to clear fraudulent information from your credit reports. Your personal credit may be affected by the identity theft. Keep a close eye on what’s in your credit report by checking it regularly. Visit annualcreditreport.com to get a free credit report every year from each of the three national credit agencies.
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In reply to I was notified by Experian by James Fishman
You can report the attempted identity theft at www.IdentityTheft.gov. This blog explains other steps you can take to protect your information in case the scammer tries again to use your name and Social Security number. The information you enter at IdentityTheft.gov goes into a secure database that is shared with other law enforcement agencies and used in investigations.
In reply to I reported a fraudulent EIDL by Patrick in NC