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Florida Business Identity Theft Protection & Resources


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

Florida 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.


Florida Identity Crime Incident Detail Form

Florida "Chart Your Course of Action" incident tracking form

Florida Department of Law Enforcement - Compromised Identity Services website  (personal cases)

Florida’s "Identity Theft Victim Kit"  (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 Florida 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.




Note: The Florida Secretary of the State's Office has initiated an “Identity Theft Alert” procedure at the Division of Corporations in Florida. When an address change is made for a business entity or for an officer/director or manager/managing member of the entity, an automatic email is sent to the business informing it that a change has been made. If the change was not authorized by the business entity or was made without the knowledge of the principals, instructions are given to contact the Division for further review.


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 Florida Business Filings


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

Please note that you should only contact the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations for business identity theft incidents involving fraudulent business records.

When the Division of Corporations is notified regarding inappropriate use of names/addresses in a business entity's record, general instructions are provided by staff to the caller including resignation, affidavits, and possible court orders to resolve the problem.

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.



Florida Department of State
Main website:  www.dos.state.fl.us

Florida Department of State - Division of Corporations

Website:   www.sunbiz.org

Corporations Division telephone numbers:   See website

Mailing Address:
Department of State
Division of Corporations
Corporate Filings
P.O. Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314
      Physical Address:
Department of State
Division of Corporations
Clifton Building
2661 Executive Center Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32301



Florida Credit Security Freeze
Florida Credit Security Freeze

Florida Credit Security Freeze


Florida 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 Florida 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) and/or for seniors age 65 and older
• All others must pay $10.00 to place a new freeze, 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 Florida:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

Florida Law Enforcement
Florida Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to Florida Law Enforcement


In Florida, 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 Florida Office of the Attorney General.

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


State of Florida Office of the Attorney General

Florida Attorney General website

Florida Attorney General Consumer Complaint website

Citizens Services number:  (850) 414-3990
Florida Relay/TDD:            (800) 955-8771

Main Office mailing address:
Office of the Attorney General
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
            Branch / Field Offices:

See website


Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Florida Department of Law Enforcement website


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