State of Texas
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 your personal credit and identity, and find additional Texas state-specific information for personal identity theft protection
Learn about business identity theft, how it happens, and ways to protect your Texas business & reduce your risks
Report business identity theft to law enforcement and appropriate Texas 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.
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"
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.
Note: If you do not already have an account, you must register for an SOSDirect account to utilize the SOSDirect online service.
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 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 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
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
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Dept of Public Safety website