Vital Steps In Documenting
Your Identity Theft Case!

Documenting your identity theft case is one of the most critical steps you can take if you are a victim of identity theft.

Documenting your identity theft case is one of the most important steps you can take.

While you go through the process of reporting your identity theft, make sure you document, document, document.

Don't leave to chance all the conversations you have with credit bureaus, police, credit card companies, verification companies, etc.

  • Your first priority is to report identity theft.
  • If you haven’t reported this crime, filed a report, and received your case number, you need to do this immediately.

Normally, information in a person's mind does not remain clear for an extended period of time, especially under conditions that are so chaotic.

  • Make sure you document the company, contact person, time, date, phone number and the conversation that took place. Be your own advocate.

No one is going to care about you more than you do.

Go to reporting identity theft and/or identity theft victims for step-by-step tips on how to do this process.

  • Document all your phone calls, mail you receive and who sent it and the steps you took for mail and phone calls pertaining to your case.

This step is one of the most important steps to take in documenting your identity theft case.

  • Keep track of everything you spend, date you spent it and for what purpose.
  • Attach all your receipts to the appropriate paperwork. This cost includes time off from work and time taken for anything you had to do for your case.
  • All these expenses may be considered for reimbursement by the courts in trying to clear your name.

Remember: You hold the burden of proving these costs.


Important Tip To Documenting Your Identity Theft Case:

  • Always ask for something in writing to confirm any agreements made between you and the company your dealing with, and keep all your information concerning your identity theft case together and in a safe place.
  • If for some reason you are denied a confirmation letter, ask to speak to a supervisor.
  • If you are still denied, send what’s called a “Confirmation of Discussion” letter to that person stating they should contact you if any of the information you listed is incorrect.

If they don’t answer, you then have your confirmation.

  • I’m sure it will be tempting to just throw all your papers and receipts into a drawer and take care of them “when you have time”.

Not a good idea!

  • For your own well being, it is important to keep your paperwork in a safe and secure place.

I can’t stress this enough. “Out of sight, is out of mind”. Follow this pattern even if you have never been a victim of identity theft.

  • A locked cabinet is good, but my choice is a heavy duty steel, fireproof safe that is bolted in place.
  • Bolting it to the floor prevents a thief from putting it on a dolly and making off with the whole thing.

These tips will make life much easier, as all your information is vital evidence for your identity theft criminal case.

Remember, You are your own best advocate for your identity theft case.

Learn more at ways to prevent identity theft to protect yourself and cut your chances of ever having this devastating crime happen to you.


Documenting Your Identity Theft Sample Worksheet

Company Phone Date/Time Action Taken Contact Outcome
Police
Credit Bureaus
Fraud Alert
Notify Bank
Credit Card
Credit Card
Credit Card
Verification Companies
Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Post Office
Documents Still Needed
Follow Ups Still Needed
My Time and Cost

As you can see, documenting your identity theft case is crucial for so many reasons. I hope my tips will help you in your fight against identity theft.

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