Fraud

The Erie Police Department encourages victims of fraud to file a report immediately. If the incident occurred in the Town of Erie, a report can be initiated online.

File a Report

  1. Initiate a fraud report by submitting the fraud packet online. Packets may also be completed in person by paper during lobby hours (M-F, 8-5 at at 1000 Telleen Avenue, Erie).
  2. Next, contact Dispatch at 303-441-4444 and ask to speak to an Erie Police Officer. 

Common Fraud Types

Additional Steps

  • Credit cards
    Get replacement cards with new account numbers, pin numbers and change the password.. Ask that the old accounts be processed as "account closed at consumer’s request."
  • Credit reporting bureaus
    Report the theft of your credit cards and/or numbers. Ask that your accounts be flagged. Also, add a victim’s statement to your report, such as, "My ID has been used to apply for credit fraudulently. Contact me at (your phone number) to verify all applications."
  • Banks
    Cancel your checking and savings accounts and obtain new account numbers. Ask the bank to issue you a secret password that must be used in every transaction. Put stop payments on any outstanding checks that you are unsure of.
  • Social Security Administration
    You may want to have your SSN changed if your number has become associated with bad checks and credit. This step should be reserved for only the most extreme situations. You must be sure to notify all credit grantors and credit reporting bureaus of your new SSN.

Credit Reporting Bureaus

Equifax

Copy of Report:

P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, Georgia 30374-0241


Dispute Report:

P.O. Box 740256
Atlanta, Georgia 30374-0256


Order Credit Report:

800-685-1111


Opt Out of Marketing Lists:

800-219-1251


Report Fraud:

800-525-6285

Trans Union

Copy of Report:

P.O. Box 7000
North Olmstead, OH 44070


Dispute Report:

P.O. Box 403
Springfield, PA 19064


Order Credit Report:

800-851-2674


Opt-Out of Marketing Lists:

800-241-2858


Report Fraud:

800-680-7289

Experian

Copy of Report:

Dispute Report:

Experian National Consumer Assistance Center

P.O. Box 2104

Allen, TX 75013-2104


Order Credit Report:

888-397-3742


Opt-Out of Marketing Lists:

800-353-0809


Reminders

  • Never provide personal identifying information, (social security number, credit card information, or banking information) to anyone who contacts you unsolicited. 
  • If you question the validity of a person calling you, collect their name and contact the company or agency directly to verify if the caller is legitimate. 
  • Only verify with phone numbers you locate independently by going online or using a phone book. Never use a phone number provided by an unknown caller or a number that shows up on caller ID. 
  • Scammers can use a process called "Spoofing" to make your caller ID display a legitimate company name. Scammers also use "Spoofing" to make email messages appear to come from legitimate agencies or companies.