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Virginia Business Identity Theft Protection & Resources


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  Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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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Virginia Resources for Personal Identity Theft
Virginia Resources for Personal Identity Theft

Virginia 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.


Virginia Attorney General identity theft website   (for personal protection)


Virginia Identity Theft Passport Program

The Identity Theft Passport is a card that you can carry and present to law enforcement or other individuals who may challenge you about your identity should you become the victim of identity crime. The Passport is designed to serve as notification to help protect victims from unlawful detention or arrest for crimes committed by another under a stolen identity. An Identity Theft Passport may be available to any Virginian who has filed a police report because they believe they are a victim of identity crime; and/or has obtained a court order expunging their record as a result of identity crime.

VA AG ID Theft Passport Program information web page

Virginia Identity Theft Passport Request form

ID Theft Passport Program Phone Numbers:
800-370-0459   or   804-692-0555   or   804-786-5284
 
           

Program address:

Office of the Attorney General
Attn: Identity Theft Passport
900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia   23219 






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 Virginia 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 Virginia Business Filings


In Virginia, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the Virginia State Corporation Commission Clerk of the Commission to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information is provided below.

Please note that you should only contact the Virginia S.C.C. Clerk of the Commission for business identity theft incidents involving fraudulent business records. For such incidents, the Commission 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.


Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC)
Main website:  www.scc.virginia.gov

Virginia SCC - Clerk of the Commission

Virginia SCC Clerk of the Commission website

Clerk's Office telephone:    (804) 371-9733    or    1-866-722-2551

Mailing address:

State Corporation Commission
Clerk of the Commission
P.O. Box 1197
Richmond, Virginia   23218
          Physical address:

State Corporation Commission
Tyler Building
1300 E. Main Street
Richmond, Virginia   23219


Virginia Credit Security Freeze
Virginia Credit Security Freeze

Virginia Credit Security Freeze


Virginia 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 Virginia 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)
• All others must pay $10.00 to place a freeze
• There are no fees 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 Virginia:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

Virginia Law Enforcement
Virginia Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to Virginia Law Enforcement


In Virginia, 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 Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs. In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (Clerk of the Commission) may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.

Be certain to also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.


Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs

Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs website

Consumer Protection Hotline:  1-800-552-9963  (Toll free in VA.)    or    (804) 786-2042  (In Richmond & outside of VA.)


Attorney General of Virginia

Website:  www.oag.state.va.us


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