What Happens When You Place an Extended Fraud Alert
While the extended fraud alert is in place, credit should not be extended in your name unless the credit grantor using the report first takes reasonable steps to confirm the identity of the person making an application for credit by contacting you directly at the telephone number provided or other method that you have specified.
As with a standard initial fraud alert, an extended fraud alert is also not an absolute guarantee that no new credit accounts will be opened as many creditors, particularly "instant" credit providers, may still disregard the alert. Further, accounts that may not require your credit report, such as banking, wireless / cellular, cable, internet, utilities, rental accounts, etc. may still be opened. One small additional benefit is that upon placing an extended fraud alert, you will also be removed from prescreened marketing lists for credit and insurance offers for a period of five years.
Tips: Under the provisions of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), a consumer who places an extended fraud alert and submits the required documentation is entitled to two free copies of their credit file from each of the national credit reporting agencies within a 12-month period following the placement of the extended fraud alert. This is in addition to the free annual reports available under FACTA.
Similar to an initial fraud alert, you should place an extended fraud alert on your credit file at each of three primary national credit reporting agencies - Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. You should also remember to place an extended fraud alert on your Innovis credit file as well.
How to Place an Extended Fraud Alert
In order to place an extended fraud alert, you must submit the following to the credit reporting agencies:
- An Identity Theft Report* (affidavit) confirming that you are a victim of identity theft or fraud; and,
- Supply adequate proof of your identity. Each credit reporting agency has specific requirements
* You may also be required to submit an official police report documenting that you are a confirmed victim of identity theft.