• To inspect your credit report, visit www.AnnualCreditReport.com, call 1-877-322-8228, or write to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA. Everyone is eligible for one free report per year.

• Before you agree to home repairs, before giving your credit card to a telemarketer, or signing a contract for a major purchase, check the business out by called 1-877-ELDERS1 (1-877-353-3771).

• Get your phone number off telemarketers’ lists by calling the “National Do Not Call Registry” at 1-888-382-1222 or visit www.donotcall.gov.

• Find out more information about your legal right to opt out of an act that allows financial institutions to share your information with third parties at www.ftc.gov/privacyiniatives.glbact.html.

• If you’ve been a victim of identity theft, place a fraud alert on your credit reports and call one of these numbers: Equifax: 1-800-525-6282; Experian: 1-888-397-3742 or TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289. Close fraudulent accounts or ones that have been tampered. File a police report. And report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or call 1-877-438-4338.

• For other tips on avoiding victimization, go to www.Maine.gov/ag or www.ftc.gov/consumer. The number for the State’s Attorney General’s office is 207-626-8800.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.