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Maryland business identity theft information and resources

Information and state-specific resources to protect Maryland 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
Maryland State Resources for Personal Identity Theft
Maryland State Resources for Personal Identity Theft

Maryland 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.


Maryland Attorney General consumer identity theft website  (for personal protection)


Maryland Identity Theft Passport Program
The Passport is a tool that may help you resolve financial issues caused by identity theft, and to help prevent a wrongful arrest if a thief uses your personal identifying information during the commission of a crime. Please fill out the application completely and accurately, and follow all instructions. It is very important that you include a copy of a police report regarding the crime committed against you, as well as a photocopy of your Maryland Driver’s License or other State-issued identification card. The Maryland Attorney General's Office will conduct a background check to verify your identity and the details of the crime, so please include any other supporting documents that you may have. Court documents, financial account statements, or your credit report will be very helpful in speeding up the approval process. Once we determine whether you are eligible for a passport, we will contact you to provide you with instructions on how to activate your Passport and answer any questions you may have.

Maryland Identity Theft Passport Program website

Maryland Identity Theft Passport Application Form

Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit:   (410) 576-6491


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 Maryland 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 Maryland Business Filings


In Maryland, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation Corporate Charter Division to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information is provided below.

Please note that you should only contact the Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation Corporate Charter Division for business identity theft incidents involving fraudulent business records. For such incidents, the Division may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.

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.


Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation 
Main website:  www.dat.state.md.us

Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation - Corporate Charter Division

Maryland DAT Corporate Charter Division website

Corporate Charter Division telephone:  (410) 767-1340    or  TTY:  800-735-2258

Address:

Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation
Corporate Charter Division
301 W. Preston Street
Room 801
Baltimore, Maryland  21201-2395


Corporate Charter Division in-person counter assistance at 301 W. Preston St. 8th Floor is available weekdays from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
As of March 1, 2011: You must be in line no later than 4:15 PM in order to receive service.


Maryland Credit Security Freeze
Maryland Credit Security Freeze

Maryland Credit Security Freeze


Maryland 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 Maryland 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 a police report or state Identity Theft Passport)
• All others must pay $5.00 to place a freeze, to temporarily lift the freeze, or to remove it entirely
• There is a $5.00 fee for replacement PINs, if needed
• The freeze will remain in place until you remove it

To Place a Credit Security Freeze in Maryland:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

Maryland Law Enforcement
Maryland Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to Maryland Law Enforcement


In Maryland, 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 Maryland State Police or the Maryland Attorney General's ID Theft Unit.

In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (Corporate Charter Division) may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.

Be certain to also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.


Maryland State Police

Website:  www.mdsp.org

Maryland State Police Barracks locator



Maryland Office of the Attorney General

Website:  www.oag.state.md.us

Maryland Attorney General identity theft website

Maryland Attorney General ID Theft Unit telephone:  (410) 576-6491


Address:

Maryland Office of the Attorney General
Identity Theft Unit
200 St. Paul Place
16th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland   21202


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