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Rhode Island Business Identity Theft Protection & Resources


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Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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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Rhode Island State Resources for Personal Identity Theft
Rhode Island State Resources for Personal Identity Theft

Rhode Island 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.


Rhode Island State Police identity theft website  (personal)

Rhode Island State Police consumer identity theft brochure   (personal)



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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island Business Filings


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

Please note that you should only contact the Rhode Island 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.


Rhode Island Secretary of State
Main website:  www.sos.ri.gov


Rhode Island Secretary of State - Business Services Division

Website:  www.sos.ri.gov/business

Business Services Division telephone:  (401) 222-3040   or   TTY: 711

Address:

Rhode Island Secretary of State
Business Services Division
148 West River Street
Providence, RI  02904-2615



Rhode Island Credit Security Freeze
Rhode Island Credit Security Freeze

Rhode Island Credit Security Freeze


Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 for seniors age 65 or older
• All others must pay $10.00 to place a 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 Rhode Island:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

Rhode Island Law Enforcement
Rhode Island Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to Rhode Island Law Enforcement


In Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island State Police or the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General.

In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Rhode Island 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.


Rhode Island State Police

Website:  www.risp.ri.gov

Rhode Island State Police Barracks  (Non-Emergency)

Scituate Barracks
311 Danielson Pike
No. Scituate
Telephone: (401) 444-1000

Hope Valley Barracks
54 Nooseneck Hill Road
Richmond
Telephone: (401) 539-2411

Lincoln Woods Barracks
1575 Old Louisquisett Pike
Lincoln
Telephone: (401) 444-1100

Portsmouth Barracks
838 East Main Road
Portsmouth
Telephone: (401) 849-4444

Wickford Barracks
7875 Post Road
North Kingstown
Telephone: (401) 294-3371


Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General

Rhode Island Attorney General website

Rhode Island AG Consumer Protection Unit phone:  (401) 274-4400

Mailing address:

Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General
150 South Main Street
Providence, Rhode Island   02903


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