Business Impersonation

Someone used your company's identity fraudulently (i.e., name, address, ID numbers) to gain services, credit, or financial gain and defraud creditors and suppliers, financial institutions, the business' owners and officers, unsuspecting consumers and even the government.

Report


The more national reporting data that’s collected, the better the chance law enforcement has to catch the criminals and decrease online crime. Reporting a fraudulent incident will also assure that you have accurate documentation in order to aid in your recovery. Please consider reporting your incident or chat with an online support specialist at the FTC Complaint Assistant. The FTC will create a report number and a copy of the report for your records. 

The FTC cannot resolve individual complaints, but they can provide information about what next steps to take. How much information you give them is up to you. They will share your report with local, state, federal, and foreign law enforcement partners. Your report might be used to investigate cases or in a legal proceeding. Please read their Privacy Policy to learn how they protect your personal information, and when they share it outside the FTC. 

The more national reporting data that’s collected, the better the chance law enforcement has to catch the criminals and decrease online crime. Reporting a fraudulent incident will also assure that you have accurate documentation in order to aid in your recovery. Please consider reporting your incident to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).  

Once processed, complaints filed via their website may be referred to federal, state, local, or international law enforcement or regulatory agencies for possible investigation. Any investigation opened on any complaint is initiated at the discretion of the law enforcement and/or regulatory agency receiving the complaint information. Reporting the incident at IC3 will not result in a call back for assistance.

The FAQs about reporting can be found here. Please read the FBI/IC3 privacy policy here.


Recover


 

The following resources have been gathered and vetted in order to better serve you. These resources have been chosen to help simplify the process of recovery after a cyber incident has taken place. With these resources you may need to contact organizations outside Fraudsupport.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances. 



Visit Identitytheft.gov to create a recovery plan

Visit Identitytheft.gov here to find detailed steps to recover

Find local legal assistance with OVCTTAC.gov

Call or Live Chat with Identity Theft Resource Center

Start on Page 12 of this document for tips on how to respond to a cyber incident

For information on Business “Tax ID Theft” visit our Tax Scam resources

FTC Offers Tips for Businesses Impersonated as part of a Phishing Scam

If your Social Security number was stolen, visit our Social Security resources

Reinforce


 

Once the proper organizations have been notified and you are on the road to recovery, it is time to reinforce your cybersecurity. Let’s take action and strengthen your cybersecurity with the following resources and tools.



Tips to combat business identity theft from Dun & Bradstreet

Stay Safe From Cybercrime During Tax Time

Protect your identity guidance from USA.gov

“Business Identity Theft in the US” by the National Cyber Security Society

Other Resources