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D.C. business identity theft information and resources

Information and local resources to protect District of Columbia businesses and business owners, & guidance to help you report and recover from business identity theft

PROTECT YOURSELF

Protect your personal credit and identity, and find additional 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 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 government agencies, & get assistance in resolving your case

Victim action list

Report to law enforcement

Fraudulent business filings

Federal government agencies
District of Columbia Resources for Personal Identity Theft
District of Columbia Resources for Personal Identity Theft

Washington D.C. 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.


D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Identity Theft website  (personal protection)

D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles Identity Theft website  (personal protection)




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 D.C. business filings
Protect your D.C. business filings

Review, Manage, and Protect Your D.C. 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.


Note: Registration (free) is required to utilize the DCRA Corporations Division CorpOnline web portal



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 Washington D.C. Business Filings


In the District of Columbia, if your business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Corporations Division to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information is provided below.

Please note that you should only contact the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Corporations 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 the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.


D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Main website:  www.dcra.dc.gov/DC/DCRA

D.C. DCRA - Corporations Division

D.C. DCRA Corporations Division website

DCRA Corporations Division telephone:  (202) 442-4400
Fax:    (202) 442-9445
TTY:   (202) 123-4567

DCRA Service Hours are Monday through Wednesday, Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; and Thursday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm 

Mailing address:

D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 92300
Washington, DC 20090

  Physical address:

D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations Division
1100 4th Street SW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20024



D.C. Credit Security Freeze
D.C. Credit Security Freeze

District of Columbia Credit Security Freeze


The District of Columbia enacted its own 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 Washington D.C. 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 to place a freeze (with a copy of police report)
• All others must pay $10.00 to place a freeze
• There are no fees 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 Washington D.C.:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

District of Columbia Law Enforcement
District of Columbia Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to Washington D.C. Law Enforcement


In the District of Columbia, if your business is a victim of business identity theft, you should report the crime to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Detailed instructions are provided below.

In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Corporations Division of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs 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.


Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

D.C. Metropolitan Police Department website

D.C. MPD Financial Crimes and Fraud Unit website

Financial Crimes and Fraud Unit phone:  (202) 727-4159

Address:
D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
Financial Crimes and Fraud Unit
300 Indiana Avenue, NW Room 3019
Washington, DC  20001

To report identity crimes to MPD:

D.C. Metropolitan Police Department - Identity Crime Incident Report Form

Option 1:   You may file a report by calling the D.C. Police non-emergency number (3-1-1) and having a patrol unit respond to your home. An officer will take the report and it will be forwarded to the Financial Crimes and Fraud Unit.

Option 2:   Visit the nearest MPD district station and have an officer take the report. The report will then be forwarded to the Financial Crimes and Fraud Unit for further investigation.

Option 3:   You may contact the MPD Financial Crimes and Fraud Unit directly at (202) 727-4159 and schedule an appointment to meet with a detective assigned to the unit. (Walk up cases are not accepted).





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