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Colorado Business Identity Theft Protection & Resources


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Colorado business identity theft information and state-specific resources to protect Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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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Colorado State Resources for Personal Identity Theft
Colorado State Resources for Personal Identity Theft

Colorado 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.


Colorado Attorney General identity theft website   (personal protection information)


Colorado Attorney General - "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 Colorado 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.

The Colorado Secretary of State Business and Licensing Division has implemented an email alert system and secure business filing system to help protect your business.



  • Colorado Secretary of State Email Alert System
    The Colorado Secretary of State's Office aggressively fights business identity theft. One of the first steps to protecting your business from this criminal scheme is to sign up for the Secretary of State's e-mail notification serviceThis service allows you to receive updates and notices of due dates regarding your business organization records. 

  • Colorado Secretary of State Secure Business Filing system
    The Colorado Secretary of State has also implemented a Secure Business Filing password-protection system. The Secure Business Filing system allows customers to add password protection to their business records. If a customer sets up Secure Business Filing, then only an authorized user will be able to file documents affecting the business record. Once Secure Business Filing is set up, filers will be required to enter a password and email address when submitting a document.




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 Colorado Business Filings


In Colorado, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the Colorado Secretary of State Business and Licensing Division to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Instructions and contact information are provided below.

Please note that you should only contact the Colorado Secretary of State Business and Licensing Division for business identity theft incidents involving fraudulent business records.

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.



Colorado Secretary of State
Main website:  www.sos.state.co.us


Hear an important message about business identity theft from Secretary Gessler

Secretary Gessler


Colorado Secretary of State - Business and Licensing Division

Business and Licensing Division website

Main telephone number:  (303) 894-2200 
  
Address:
Colorado Department of State
Business and Licensing Division
1700 Broadway
Suite 200
Denver, Colorado 80290
 

Instructions:  Contact the Secretary of State’s Business and Licensing Division, describe the identity theft, and ask to speak with a supervisor who will assist with correcting your business information.



An Important Message from Secretary Gessler
An Important Message from Secretary Gessler

Protect Your Business from Business Identity Theft

Colorado Credit Security Freeze
Colorado Credit Security Freeze

Colorado Credit Security Freeze


Colorado 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 Colorado 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 your first security freeze
• $10.00 to place a new freeze, to temporarily lift the freeze, or to remove it entirely
• $12.00 to temporarily lift the freeze for a specific company
• The freeze will remain in place until you remove it

To Place a Credit Security Freeze in Colorado:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

Colorado Law Enforcement
Colorado Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to Colorado Law Enforcement


In Colorado, if your business is a victim of business identity theft, you should report the crime to your local law enforcement agency. You can also file a complaint with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Colorado Secretary of State Business and Licensing Division 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.


Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

CBI Business Identity Theft Unit website

CBI Denver Identity Theft Unit telephone:  (303) 239-4211

Address:
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
690 Kipling Street #3000
Denver, Colorado  80215

State of Colorado Department of Law - Office of the Attorney General

Colorado Attorney General website

Colorado Attorney General Consumer Protection Section website

File a complaint with the Colorado Attorney General Consumer Protection Section

Colorado AG Consumer Protection numbers:
Main telephone:  (303) 866-4500
Consumer line:    1-800-222-4444 (toll free)

Address:
Colorado Dept. of Law
Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Section
1525 Sherman Street
Denver, Colorado  80203


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