Ask a Business to Close a New Account Opened in Your Name
This sample letter will help you close new accounts an identity thief opened in your name. The text in brackets indicates where you must customize the letter.
Remember to include copies of the applicable enclosures and save copies for your files.
[Your Name] [Your Address]
[Your City, State, Zip Code] [
Name of Company]
[Fraud Department or Billing Inquiries]
[City, State, Zip Code]
[RE: Your Account Number (if known)]
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am a victim of identity theft. I recently learned that my personal information was used to open an account at your company. I did not open or authorize this account, and I therefore request that it be closed immediately. I also request that [Company Name] absolve me of all charges on the account, and that you take all appropriate steps to remove information about this account from my credit files.
Enclosed is a copy of my Identity Theft Report, and a copy of my credit report showing the fraudulent items related to your company that are the result of identity theft. Also enclosed is a copy of the Federal Trade Commission Notice to Furnishers of Information, which details your responsibilities as an information furnisher to credit reporting companies (CRCs). As a furnisher, upon receipt of a consumer’s written request that encloses an Identity Theft Report, you are required to cease furnishing the information resulting from identity theft to any credit reporting company.
The Notice also specifies your responsibilities when you receive notice from a CRC, under section 605B of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, that information you provided to the CRC may be the result of identity theft. Those responsibilities include ceasing to provide the inaccurate information to any CRC and ensuring that you do not attempt to sell or transfer the fraudulent debts to another party for collection. Please investigate this matter, close the account and absolve me of all charges, take the steps required under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and send me a letter explaining your findings and actions.
- Identity Theft Report
- FTC Notice to Furnishers of Information [PDF]
- Credit report of [Your Name] identifying information to be corrected
[Before you send your credit report, black out the information that is not related to this company.]