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Wisconsin Business Identity Theft Protection & Resources


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Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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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Wisconsin State Resources for Personal Identity Theft
Wisconsin State Resources for Personal Identity Theft

Wisconsin 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.


Wisconsin Office of Privacy Protection website

Wisconsin DOT Lost or Stolen Driver License or ID Card web page



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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin Business Filings


In Wisconsin, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Corporation Section to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information is provided below.

Please note that you should only contact the Corporation Section of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions for business identity theft incidents involving fraudulent business records. For such incidents, the 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.


Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
Main website:  www.wdfi.org

Wisconsin D.F.I. - Division of Corporate & Consumer Services - Corporation Section

Wisconsin D.F.I. Corporation Section website

Corporation Section telephone:  (608) 261-7577
Corporation Section fax:             (608) 267-6813

Mailing address:

WI. Department of Financial Institutions
Division of Corporate and Consumer Services
Corporations Bureau, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 7846
Madison, Wisconsin   53707-7846
  Physical address:

WI. Department of Financial Institutions
Division of Corporate and Consumer Services
345 W Washington Avenue
3rd Floor
Madison, Wisconsin   53703


Wisconsin Credit Security Freeze
Wisconsin Credit Security Freeze

Wisconsin Credit Security Freeze


Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 it entirely
• The freeze will remain in place until you remove it

To Place a Credit Security Freeze in Wisconsin:

Experian security freeze website  

Equifax security freeze website  

TransUnion security freeze website  

Innovis security freeze website  
 

Wisconsin Law Enforcement
Wisconsin Law Enforcement

Report Business Identity Theft to Wisconsin Law Enforcement


In Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin Office of Privacy Protection.

In the case of fraudulent business filings, the Corporation Section of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions 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.


Wisconsin Office of Privacy Protection

Website:  www.privacy.wi.gov

File a complaint with the Wisconsin Office of Privacy Protection

Wisconsin OPP downloadable complaint form

OPP hotline:  1-800-422-7128   or    (608) 224-5163


Complaints mailing address:

WI Office of Privacy Protection
WI Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
2811 Agriculture Drive
P.O. Box 8911
Madison, Wisconsin   53708-8911

Wisconsin Department of Justice - Office of Crime Victim Services

Website:  www.doj.state.wi.us/cvs

Wisconsin DOJ CVS telephone numbers:

Toll-free: 1-800-446-6564 (Victims only)
Local:     (608) 264-9497
Fax:        (608) 264-6368
TTY:       (800) 947-3529

Mailing address:

Office of Crime Victim Services
P.O. Box 7951
Madison, Wisconsin   53707-7951


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