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Arizona Business Identity Theft Protection & Resources


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Arizona business identity theft information and state-specific resources to protect Arizona businesses and business owners, & guidance to help you report and recover from business ID theft


PROTECT YOURSELF

Protect your personal credit and identity, and find additional Arizona state-specific information for personal identity theft protection

Business owner personal risks

Review and protect your personal credit

Personal identity theft protection

PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS

Learn about business identity theft, how it happens, and ways to protect your Arizona business & reduce your risks

Learn about business identity theft

Protect your business

Protect your state business filings

Business credit reports

REPORT & RESOLVE YOUR CASE

Report business identity theft to law enforcement and appropriate Arizona government agencies, & get assistance in resolving your case

Victim action list

Report to law enforcement

Fraudulent business filings

Federal government agencies


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Arizona State Resources for Personal Identity Theft
Arizona State Resources for Personal Identity Theft

Arizona state resources for personal identity theft protection


Note: These resources are specifically designed to address personal identity theft prevention and incidents of consumer identity theft. Because most state and federal identity theft and consumer protection laws are designed to protect individual consumers, businesses generally do not enjoy the same rights, protections, and potential recourse as consumers. Therefore, while helpful in addressing many issues that you may face as an individual, be aware that consumer identity theft information may not be applicable to an incident of business identity theft or fraud.


Arizona Attorney General consumer identity theft website   (personal protection information)

Arizona Attorney General consumer "Identity Theft Repair Kit"   (for personal cases)



Personal Credit Protection
Personal Credit Protection

Learn how to protect your personal credit


Business identity thieves often use the identity information (and credit) of the business owner or company officers to open new accounts, or as guarantors of fraudulent loans and lines of credit. In addition to taking actions to protect your business, it is also important to protect yourself as well. This section provides detailed explanations of important consumer credit protection tools that are available to help protect your personal credit from identity thieves.

Use the links below to learn what these tools are, how they work, and how to use them to help protect your personal credit.


Tools & Resources to Protect Your Personal Credit:

Get Your Free Annual Credit Reports                            Initial Fraud Alerts 
     
Review Your Credit Report for Fraud    Extended Fraud Alerts 
     
Credit Security Freeze    Fraud Victim Statement 
     
Active Duty Alerts    Credit Monitoring 


Protect your state business filings
Protect your state business filings

Review, Manage, and Protect Your Arizona State Business Filings


If your business does not regularly review your state business filings, file your annual reports in a timely manner, or enroll in email alerts or other preventative systems that may be offered by your state, you may unknowingly attract the unwanted attention of business identity thieves.





Business Credit Reports
Business Credit Reports

Review and Protect Your Business Credit Reports


Business identity thieves can manipulate or falsify business credit records and then use these to impersonate your business, or as a part of a fraud scheme to target your business. To combat this, you should periodically review your business credit reports and the information that is being reported.

Contact the business credit reporting agencies:


Dun & Bradstreet       
Business credit website       Toll free:  1-800-234-3867 
Equifax Business credit website 

Toll free:  1-800-525-6285 
Experian  Business credit website 
Toll free:  1-888-397-3742 
TransUnion  Business credit website     Toll free:  1-800-680-7289  
 


Fraudulent Business Filings
Fraudulent Business Filings

Report and Correct Fraudulent Arizona Business Filings


In Arizona, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated:

- Contact the Arizona Secretary of State Business Services Division to report and correct fraudulent business records involving partnerships and charitable organizations. Contact information is provided below.

- Contact the Arizona Corporation Commission to report and correct fraudulent business records involving corporations. Contact information is provided below.

Please note that you should only contact the Arizona Secretary of State Business Services Division, or Arizona Corporation Commission, for business identity theft incidents involving fraudulent business filings.

All other types of business identity theft incidents and related fraud should be reported directly to law enforcement. Also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.


Arizona Secretary of State
Main website:  www.azsos.gov 

Arizona Secretary of State - Business Services Division
For limited partnerships, foreign limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and charitable organizations

Business Services Division website

Telephone:  (602) 542-6187


Arizona Corporation Commission
Arizona corporations are overseen by the Arizona Corporation Commission

Arizona Corporation Commission website

Telephone:  (602) 542-3026  (in Phoenix)    or   1-800-345-5819  (toll free)


AZ Sec. of State Business Services address:

Secretary of State
1700 West Washington Street
7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ  85007-2888
      AZ Corporation Commission address:

Arizona Corporation Commission
Corporations Division
1300 West Washington
1st Floor
Phoenix, AZ  85007-2929


Arizona Credit Security Freeze
Arizona Credit Security Freeze

Arizona Credit Security Freeze


Arizona enacted its own state law establishing the availability of credit security freezes for its citizens. The three major credit bureaus  (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) have also voluntarily made security freezes available to all Arizona state citizens. Innovis voluntarily allows consumers in all states to freeze their Innovis credit files.

Eligibility: All consumers 

Credit Security Freeze Fees:  Per credit bureau. To be effective, you should place a freeze at each credit bureau
• No cost for confirmed identity theft victims (with a copy of a police report)
• All others must pay $5.00 to place a new freeze, to temporarily lift the freeze, or to remove it entirely
• There is a $5.00 fee for replacement PINs
• The freeze will remain in place until you remove it


To Place a Credit Security Freeze in Arizona:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

Arizona Law Enforcement
Arizona Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to Arizona Law Enforcement


In Arizona, if your business is a victim of business identity theft, you should report the crime to your local law enforcement agency. In some cases, you may also file a complaint with the Arizona Office of the Attorney General.

In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Arizona Secretary of State Business Services Division or the Arizona Corporation Commission may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.

Also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.


State of Arizona - Office of the Attorney General

Arizona Attorney General website

File a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General

Arizona AG Consumer Protection number:  (800) 352-8431


Mailing addresses for complaints:

Phoenix office address:

Arizona Attorney General
Consumer Information and Complaints
1275 W. Washington
Phoenix, Arizona  85007-2926
         Tuscon office address:

Arizona Attorney General
Consumer Information and Complaints
400 W. Congress, South Building, Suite 315
Tucson, Arizona  85701-1367



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