Contact Information 

Meadville District Office
900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
Hours 8 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (M-F)

Fairview Office (Mondays Only)
Fairview Township Building
7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
Hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Monday)
1-800-770-2377

Cranesville Office (Thursdays Only)
Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
Phone: 1-800-770-2377
Hours 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Thursday)

Capitol Office
Hon. Brad Roae
162B East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: 717-782-2902

E-mail:
  broae@pahousegop.com

Guard Against Identity Theft
8/23/2014
QUESTION: Do you have any suggestions about how to protect against identity theft or what steps to take if my identity is stolen?

ANSWER: It can take a lifetime to build a good credit history by making smart financial decisions. An identity thief can wreak havoc by stealing your personal information and engaging in transactions under your name. In a short amount of time, your long history can be used against you.

Identity theft happens more often than many people realize. According to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, more than 10 million Americans have their personal information stolen annually.

While ultimate security is not possible, the attorney general recommends a number of preventative measures to protect your identity including: shredding mail that contains identifying information; avoiding using your Social Security number; installing and keeping anti-virus software on your computer up to date; never disclosing personal information to unverified sources over the phone or in person; and changing your passwords regularly.

Additionally, it is important to frequently review your credit reports for discrepancies and instances of fraud. Under federal law, every American can receive one free copy of his/her credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit bureaus. The official website to do this is www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/get-my-free-credit-report.

If you are victim of identity theft, you must act quickly to recover. Contact the fraud department of your creditors, contact your financial institution(s), report the theft to law enforcement, and file complaints with the state attorney general and the Federal Trade Commission. The Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General provides a checklist that provides additional detail on responding to identity theft. You can access it at www.attorneygeneral.gov/idtheft.aspx?id=1812.

For more safety tips, visit the Office of the Attorney General’s website at www.attorneygeneral.gov/consumers.aspx?id=226.
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