State of Nevada
Nevada business identity theft information and state-specific resources to protect Nevada businesses and business owners, & guidance to help you report and recover from business ID theft
Protect your personal credit and identity, and find additional Nevada state-specific information for personal identity theft protection
Learn about business identity theft, how it happens, and ways to protect your Nevada business & reduce your risks
Report business identity theft to law enforcement and appropriate Nevada 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.
Nevada "Fight Fraud" website (for personal protection)
Nevada Identity Theft Passport Program
The Nevada Identity Theft Program was designed by the state legislature to assist identity theft victims in recovery process by providing a new and effective tool to demonstrate that their identity has been stolen. The Program can assist in restoring credit and avoiding improper criminal charges. To be eligible for a card, an Identity Theft victim must first file a police report with local law enforcement and ask for a brochure and application for a Nevada Identity Theft Card. After completing the application process, a victim may receive a secured, personalized identification card which can be used to alert law enforcement and creditors about fraudulent activity.
Nevada Identity Theft Passport Program 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.
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 Nevada, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the Nevada Secretary of State Commercial Recordings Division to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information and instructions are provided below.
Please note that you should only contact the Nevada Secretary of State Commercial Recordings 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.
Instructions regarding Forged or Fraudulent Business Filings in Nevada
Nevada Secretary of State Business Identity Theft Report form
To report forged or fraudulent business filings
Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller formed the Corporate Ownership Fraud Task Force in 2011 to investigate registered Nevada business entities suspected of being involved in illegal activities including tax evasion, money laundering, securities violations, and the marketing of shell or shelf companies for fraudulent and/or deceptive purposes. The Task Force includes a former criminal prosecutor from the Secretary of State's office; a special agent from the Internal Revenue Service; and the chief deputy attorney general of the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Justice Fraud Division. Task Force members share information related to these types of offenses and jointly investigate when appropriate, and also use shared resources and information to target possible criminal activity.
Nevada 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 Nevada 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 65 or older
• All others must pay $10.00 to place a freeze, to temporarily lift the freeze, or to remove the freeze entirely
• There is a $10.00 fee to temporarily lift the freeze for a specific company
• The freeze will remain in place until you remove it
To Place a Credit Security Freeze in Nevada:
• Experian security freeze website
• Equifax security freeze website
• TransUnion security freeze website
• Innovis security freeze website
In Nevada, if your business is a victim of business identity theft, you should report the crime to your local law enforcement agency. In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Nevada Secretary of State Commercial Recordings 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 Nevada Office of the Attorney General
Nevada Attorney General website