Almost nothing is more terrifying than realizing that your identity has been stolen. Where do you turn when you feel like you have nobody to trust? It’s vital to remain calm and to take measures immediately.
Close the Account
Whichever account is the problem, close it immediately to cut the thief off at the source. If this is a bank account, contact your bank and let them know what has happened. Any reputable institution will be covered by bankers insurance and will have steps of their own to take. You might also put a freeze on all of your credit cards and accounts until the situation is resolved.
Contact the Police and the Federal Government
Call your local police station and file a report. It could be that identity theft in your area is already a known problem, and any information that you give might help catch the criminal faster. You also need to file a report with the federal government. Whether this is a local crime or not, the government needs to know about it. There might be more victims around the country.
Look Over Other Accounts
If you subscribe to a credit monitoring service, look over everything with a fine-tooth comb to ensure that you have not been hijacked elsewhere. If you do not subscribe to one, it is worth looking into so that you can more easily supervise activity. Identity theft is a very serious, frightening crime. Taking the right steps after a breach is essential to keeping yourself and your family safe.