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Texas Business Identity Theft Protection & Resources


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Texas business identity theft information and state-specific resources to protect Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas 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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Texas State Resources for Personal Identity Theft
Texas State Resources for Personal Identity Theft

Texas 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.


Texas Attorney General: Texas Fights ID Theft website  (for personal protection)

Texas Attorney General: "Identity Theft Victim's Kit"  (for personal cases)

Texas Department of Public Safety: "Identity Theft Information Guide"  (for personal protection)

Texas Attorney General: "What to Do if You've been Scammed"



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 Texas 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.



           Note: If you do not already have an account, you must register for an SOSDirect account to utilize the SOSDirect online service.



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 Texas Business Filings


In Texas, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the Texas Secretary of State Corporations Section to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information and instructions are provided below.

Please note that you should only contact the Texas Secretary of State Corporations Section for business identity theft incidents involving fraudulent business records. For such incidents, the Corporations Section 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.


Texas Secretary of State
Main website:  www.sos.state.tx.us

Texas Secretary of State - Corporations Section

Texas Secretary of State Corporations Section website

Corporations Section Change Filings Team telephone:  (512) 463-5582

Mailing address:

Texas Secretary of State
Corporations Section
P.O. Box 13697
Austin, Texas   78711
     Physical address:

Texas Secretary of State
Corporations Section
1019 Brazos
Austin, Texas   78701


Texas Credit Security Freeze
Texas Credit Security Freeze

Texas Credit Security Freeze


Texas 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 Texas 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 DMV report)
• All others must pay $10.00 to place a freeze, to temporarily lift the freeze, or to remove the freeze entirely
• There is a $12.00 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 Texas:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

Texas Law Enforcement
Texas Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to Texas Law Enforcement


In Texas, if your business is a victim of business identity theft, you should report the crime to your local law enforcement agency. You can also file a complaint with the Texas Office of the Attorney General.

In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Texas Secretary of State Corporations Section 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 Texas Office of the Attorney General

Texas Attorney General website

File a complaint with the Texas Office of the Attorney General

TX Attorney General main telephone:  (512) 463-2100

Public information and assistance:      (800) 252-8011   or    (512) 475-4413 in Austin

Consumer Protection Hotline:              (800) 621-0508


Mailing address:

Texas Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 12548
Austin, Texas   78711-2548
                Physical address:

Texas Office of the Attorney General
300 W. 15th Street
Austin, Texas   78701

Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Dept of Public Safety website



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