State of Louisiana
Business identity theft information and state-specific resources to protect Louisiana businesses and business owners, & guidance to help you report and recover from business ID theft
Protect your personal credit and identity, and find additional Louisiana state-specific information for personal identity theft protection
Learn about business identity theft, how it happens, and ways to protect your Louisiana business & reduce your risks
Report business identity theft to law enforcement and appropriate Louisiana government agencies, & get assistance in resolving your case
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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.
Louisiana Homeland Security - Cyber Security website
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:
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 Louisiana Secretary of State’s office is currently investigating incidents of business identity theft. We understand this is a real problem that must be aggressively dealt with. Our office is looking into ways to inform about and prevent business identity theft. If any Louisiana business owner needs to report suspicious activity, please contact our Commercial Division. You can also contact the Consumer Protection Section of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office for further investigation.
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:
In Louisiana, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the Louisiana Secretary of State Corporations Division to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information is provided below.
Please note that you should only contact the Louisiana Secretary of State 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 law enforcement. Also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.
The Louisiana Secretary of State’s office is currently investigating incidents of business identity theft. We understand this is a real problem that must be aggressively dealt with. Our office is looking into ways to inform about and prevent business identity theft. If any Louisiana business owner needs to report suspicious activity, please contact our Corporations Division. You can also contact the Consumer Protection Section of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office for further investigation.
Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 to place a freeze (with a copy of police report), or for seniors age 62 or older
• All others must pay $10.00 to place a freeze, and $8.00 to temporarily lift the freeze
• There is no cost to remove the freeze entirely
• The freeze will remain in place until you remove it
To Place a Credit Security Freeze in Louisiana:
• Experian security freeze website
• Equifax security freeze website
• TransUnion security freeze website
• Innovis security freeze website
In Louisiana, 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 report business identity fraud to the Louisiana Office of the Attorney General.
In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Louisiana Secretary of State Corporations 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.
State of Louisiana Office of the Attorney General
Louisiana Attorney General website
Louisiana Attorney General Consumer Complaint website
Consumer Protection Section number: (225) 326-6465
Consumer Complaint Hotline: 1-800-351-4889
State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety website