Report Utility Bill Identity Theft With Ease

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Report Utility Identity Theft Through DoNotPay

Utility identity theft means someone is using your stolen identity to order gas, cable TV, water, or other forms of services. Perpetrators of identity theft usually look for individuals with strong credit records, and steal their social security number or credit card and use the information to order services that they never pay for. Although everyone is at risk of utility identity theft, you can reduce the risk by closely monitoring your utility bills and reporting identity theft whenever you spot it.

You can monitor your credit report for utility bill identity theft and report identity theft to the FTC on your own. However, reporting identity theft requires you to complete long reports and take up too much of your time. To avoid the stress of completing the long reports, you can use DoNotPay automated platform to file identity theft reports that will help you stop utility identity theft.

What Is Utility Identity Theft

occurs when someone uses your identity to order services such as cable TV, electricity, or products like water, gas, and groceries. Normally the identity thief will impersonate you, order the goods or services under your name, but provide a bogus address to the billing company. Since the bills only appear on your credit report when they fall due, you may not prevent the identity thief from using your identity to make credit purchases unless you closely monitor your credit report and report suspicious bills.

Signs That You May Be a Victim of Utility Identity Theft

You can look for the signs below to know whether you are a victim of utility identity theft;

  • Unfamiliar activity on your credit card or credit report
  • You occasionally receive unfamiliar bills
  • Some bills are not sent to you, meaning someone has changed your address
  • You lose some utility services
  • You get a debt validation letter
  • You receive a notification of data breach

What to Do if Your Identity Is Stolen

  1. File a claim with your identity theft insurer if you have one
  2. Notify your credit card provider
  3. Send out a fraud alert on your credit reports
  4. Sign up for credit monitoring services
  5. Change passwords to your online accounts
  6. Examine your credit reports for anonymous accounts

How to Prevent Utility Identity Theft

  1. Do not allow people to use your identification to establish a utility service.
  2. Avoid using or disclosing your social security number to informal platforms or persons.
  3. Use strong passwords to protect your personal information contained in online accounts.
  4. Check your credit card reports quarterly and take action immediately on your not suspicious activities.
  5. Avoid dishing out your personal information, such as date of birth or name, with just anyone who asks for it.

Here's How to Report Identity Theft to The FTC

You can report cases of identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) either by phone or through their website.

Report by Phone1-877-438-4338
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Once at the official site, click on the Get-Started button. After you get in touch with an FTC representative, you will be guided on what to do next, depending on your situation. You do not need to make a police report since the FTC is a law enforcement agency.

A successful report to the FTC is followed by a recovery plan and documents to send to the credit bureau. However, to successfully report identity theft and receive a recovery plan, you will have to take your time to complete long identity theft reports. To save yourself the long and tedious process, you can use the automated DoNotPay platform.

Here's How to Report Identity Theft to The FTC Using DoNotPay

DoNotPay automated platform files identity theft reports to the FTC and ensures your reporting is successful. To use the DoNotPay platform, follow the steps below;

  1. Search "identity theft" on DoNotPay and select the type of incident you would like to report.

  2. Tell us more about the incident that occurred, including the location, date, time, financial loss, and any suspect information you may have.

  3. We’ll identify whether you should file an FTC report, contact the IRS, freeze your credit report, contact state agencies, or file a police report. Once we guide you through the best options, we'll automatically submit the reports on your behalf.

And that's it. DoNotPay will make sure your issue gets sent to the right place. We'll upload confirmation documents to your task for you to view, and if the contacts need more information, they will reach out to you personally via email or mail.

Why Use DoNotPay to Report Utility Identity Theft

When reporting utility identity theft to FTC, DoNotPay should top your list of options. DoNotPay is fast, easy to use, and an efficient method of reporting identity theft.

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Other than helping you report utility identity theft, DoNotPay helps you to monitor your credit reports and detect Equifax identity theft and Experian identity theft. You can also report IRS identity theft, report stolen stimulus checks or unemployment benefits. The DoNotPay Complaint Letters product also helps you to send demand letters to for identity theft.

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