Small Business Identity Theft Checklist
[ ] Subscribe to your Secretary of State's Identity Theft Notification System.
[ ] From time to time check your business information on the Identity Theft Notification
System that your State provides.
[ ] Obtain a commercial credit report for your business.
[ ] Sign up for electronic notifications from your bank, creditors, and other financial service
[ ] Monitor your accounts and bills in a timely manner and immediately report any
suspicious activity to the originating entity.
[ ] Always protect your Employer Identification Number (EIN), account numbers,
and other important personal information.
[ ] Establish and follow a policy for carrying, using, and reporting a lost or stolen business
[ ] Inventory the documents you maintain and store only the documents that you
must in a safe and secure location. Shred all discarded using a "confetti" shredder.
[ ] Do not share any sensitive information in emails or on any web based service.
[ ] If you notice suspicious activity consider it may be commercial identity theft.
[ ] If you have been a victim of identity theft report the theft to your local law
enforcement agency immediately.
[ ] Contact your banks and credit providers and report the theft.
[ ] Contact all the largest credit reporting agencies and speak with their Fraud Department
to report the crime and view a new copy of your commercial credit report.
[ ] Place a fraud alert on all your commercial business accounts.
[ ] Contact creditors where fraudulent accounts were opened in your business's name, and
request documentation that was used to open or access the accounts.