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North Dakota Business Identity Theft Protection & Resources


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North Dakota business identity theft information and state resources to protect 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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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North Dakota State Resources for Personal Identity Theft
North Dakota State Resources for Personal Identity Theft

North Dakota 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.


North Dakota Attorney General Identity Theft website  (for 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 state business filings
Protect your state business filings

Review, Manage, and Protect Your North Dakota 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.



  • Review your North Dakota UCC filings online
    Verify the accuracy of your North Dakota UCC filings.*
    Please note: Only registered subscribers are allowed to verify the accuracy of UCC filings online through the ND Central Indexing System

After a dissolution period of one year, North Dakota law only allows a dissolved business entity to be reinstated by a court order.

Although the following section of law pertains to corporations, a similar provision exists for all other business entity in their respective chapters in the North Dakota Century Code (state law), e.g., limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, etc.

N.D.C.C. § 10-19.1-148 – subsection 4 and 5

4. If the secretary of state dissolves a corporation or revokes the certificate of authority to transact business in this state of any foreign corporation, pursuant to section 10-19.1-141, then the corporation or foreign corporation may appeal to the district court in the judicial district serving Burleigh County by filing with the clerk of the court a petition, including:

   a. A copy of the corporation's articles of incorporation and a copy of the notice of dissolution given by the secretary of state; or
   b. A copy of the certificate of authority of the foreign corporation to transact business in this state and a copy of the notice of revocation given by the secretary of state.
The court shall try the matter de novo.  The court shall sustain the action of the secretary of state or direct the secretary of state to take the action the court determines proper.

5. If the court order sought is one for reinstatement of a corporation that has been dissolved as provided in subsection 6 of section 10-19.1-146, or for reinstatement of the certificate of authority of a foreign corporation that has been revoked as provided in subsection 7 of section 10-19.1-146, then together with any other actions the court deems proper, any such order which reverses the decision of the secretary of state shall require the corporation or foreign corporation to:

   a. File the most recent past-due annual report;
   b. Pay the fees to the secretary of state for all past-due annual reports as provided in subsection 24 of section 10-19.1-147; and
   c. Pay the reinstatement fee to the secretary of state as provided in subsection 24 of section 10-19.1-147.



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 North Dakota Business Filings


In North Dakota, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the North Dakota Secretary of State Business Services Division to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information and instructions are provided below.

Please note that you should only contact the North Dakota Secretary of State Business Services 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.


North Dakota Secretary of State
Main website:  www.nd.gov/sos

North Dakota Secretary of State - Business Services Division

Website:  www.nd.gov/sos/businessserv

Business Services Division telephone:  (701) 328-4284   or   TTY: (800) 366-6888

Address:

North Dakota Secretary of State
Business Services Division
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota   58505-0500




North Dakota Credit Security Freeze
North Dakota Credit Security Freeze

North Dakota Credit Security Freeze


North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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)
• All others must pay $5.00 to place a freeze or to temporarily lift the freeze
• There is no fee to remove the freeze entirely
• The freeze will remain in place until you remove it

To Place a Credit Security Freeze in North Dakota:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifaxsecurity freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

North Dakota Law Enforcement
North Dakota Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to North Dakota Law Enforcement


In North Dakota, 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 North Dakota Office of the Attorney General.

In the case of fraudulent business filings, the North Dakota Secretary of State Business Services 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.


North Dakota Office of the Attorney General

North Dakota Office of the Attorney General website

North Dakota AG Consumer Protection and Anti-Trust Division website

North Dakota AG Consumer Protection Division numbers:

(800) 472-2600  (toll free)   or   (701) 328-3404
(800) 366-6888  (TTY)


Address:

North Dakota Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division
Gateway Professional Center
1050 E Interstate Avenue Suite 200
Bismarck, North Dakota   58503-5574


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