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Delaware Business Identity Theft Protection & Resources


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

Delaware 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.


Delaware Attorney General consumer identity theft website


Delaware Identity Theft Passport Program

Delaware victims of identity theft can present their passports to law enforcement agencies to help prevent arrest for offenses committed by someone using stolen information, to creditors to aid in the investigation of fraudulent charges, and to consumer reporting agencies as official notice of disputed charges on credit reports. To be eligible for a passport, you must file a report with the police agency that has jurisdiction over your residence. You can apply for a passport at the same time you file your report with the police. You can also apply for a passport through the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit but only if you have first reported the crime to the police.

Delaware Identity Theft Passport Program website

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 Delaware 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 Delaware Business Filings


In Delaware, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the Delaware Division of Corporations to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information is provided below.

Please note that you should only contact the Delaware Division of Corporations 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.



Delaware Office of the Secretary of State
Main website:  http://sos.delaware.gov

Delaware Division of Corporations

http://corp.delaware.gov

Main telephone:   (302) 739-3073

Mailing Address:
Delaware Department of State
Division of Corporations
P.O. Box 898
Dover, Delaware  19903
      Physical Address:
Delaware Department of State
Division of Corporations
John G. Townsend Bldg.
401 Federal Street - Suite 4
Dover, Delaware  19901



Delaware Credit Security Freeze
Delaware Credit Security Freeze

Delaware Credit Security Freeze


Delaware 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 Delaware 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 $20.00 to place a credit freeze
• There is no fee to temporarily lift the freeze, or to remove it entirely
• The freeze will remain in place until you remove it

To Place a Credit Security Freeze in Delaware:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

Delaware Law Enforcement
Delaware Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to Delaware Law Enforcement


In Delaware, 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 Delaware Office of the Attorney General.

In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Delaware Division of Corporations 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 Delaware Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General

Delaware DOJ Attorney General

Delaware AG Fraud and Consumer Protection Division website

File a complaint with the Delaware Attorney General

Delaware AG Consumer Protection Hotline:  800-220-5424  or  (302) 577-8600

Address:
Delaware Department of Justice
Consumer Protection Division
Carvel State Office Bldg.
820 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE   19801


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