Identity theft reporting
Welcome to the King County Sheriff's Office Online Reporting System. You will be able to report your incident without waiting and be able to print a copy of the approved report. If you are the victim of identity theft, please gather and keep all related papers, receipts, cancelled checks and mail related to this crime. We may contact you to gain access to these items. Please keep a permanent set of all documents.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing consumer scams in America. It's difficult to know exactly how many victims exist, but the numbers are staggering, so you are not alone. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) defines identity theft as "someone appropriating your personal information without your knowledge to commit fraud or theft." Typically, an identity thief steals your Social Security number or other personal identification, and uses it to obtain a credit card in your name or to commit some other crime.
When you report the fraudulent use of your identity be prepared to provide:
- Your full name, DOB, social security and Driver’s License or Identification Card number;
- How the fraud occurred (stolen checks, social security card or number, etc.);
- The name of the bank issuing the Credit/Debit/ATM card, checks, loan;
- The account number (if available);
- How you were notified about the problem (noticed charges on statement, bank called to verify transactions, collection agency called about past due bill, etc.);
- The time frame of the transactions;
You can greatly assist law enforcement in their efforts as follows:
- Contact one of the three credit bureaus listed below and report the fraudulent use of your identity to them. Request a security freeze or a fraud alert. A security freeze means that your credit information cannot be shared with potential creditors (you will need to unfreeze your credit to have this removed.) A fraud alert notifies the credit reporting agency to contact you when an application for new credit is submitted in your name.
- Send a copy of the police report to the three credit reporting agencies listed. The credit bureaus are required to block information victims identify as resulting from identity theft. Once these credit reporting agencies receive the police report and a request from you, they are required to block any adverse information resulting from the identity theft from your credit report.
- Report the identity theft to your financial institution and other creditors.
- Write down the name and telephone number of anyone that you contact regarding accounts or the use of your identity.
- Keep copies of all bank and credit card statements that have fraudulent charges recorded.
- Keep copies of any collection letters or correspondence with anyone regarding accounts opened in your name. Ask those companies for any information they might have on the person that actually opened the account (i.e., a copy of driver’s license, mailing address product(s) or statements were sent to.)
- If the case is turned over to a detective, work directly with them and share all information you may develop with the detective.
- Keep a log of names, phone numbers and addresses (if known) of everyone you talked to before and after reporting the fraudulent use of your identity. Note the information received and date of the contact in the event you need to get back to them for additional information.
If you are the victim of a fraudulent unemployment claim in the state of Washington, in addition to filing a report with us, please file a report with the Washington State Employment Security Department at: https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/unemployment-benefits-fraud.
If you have been the victim of identity theft, and meet the requirements identified on the Online Reporting home page, please click on the link below to begin your report.
By clicking the "START REPORT BY CLICKING HERE" button you certify that you understand filing a false report is a crime.
Federal Internet Fraud Task Force Website: www.ic3.gov
Attorney General: Bob Ferguson ID Theft Website: www.atg.wa.gov/guardit.aspx
Department of Licensing Identity Theft Website: www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/identitycrimes.html
CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES
PO Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
Phone: (800) 525-6285
PO Box 9701, Allen, TX 75013-0949
Phone: (888 )397-3742
PO Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (800) 680-7289
FTC Complaint Assistant (internet complaint form)