Identifying Security Scams
The more information you can gather from a potential scam artist, the more helpful it will be for authorities in their efforts to identify security scams and apprehend criminals engaged in scam activity. Here's information authorities may find helpful:
- What information, if any, did the scam artists already know when they contacted you?
- What type of contact did the scam artists make (i.e., phone call, letter, email, door-to-door visit, etc.)?
- If contacted by letter or email, can you provide authorities with a copy of the communication?
If the name State Farm™ was used in connection with a scam, we would appreciate knowing about it, whether or not you are a State Farm customer. You can help us by identifying security scams and help authorities by notifying a local State Farm agent or other authorized State Farm representative and providing the information above.
Consider notifying the following authorities to report a suspected scam:
- The local police
- The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
If you provided any personal or private information to a suspected scam artist, such as information about your insurance policies, financial accounts, or credit cards, or if you otherwise responded to the scam, contact your local law enforcement authorities immediately.
If you provided financial or account information, contact the appropriate entities to report the possible fraud:
- Insurance agent
- Bank or financial institution
- Credit card company
- Credit-monitoring services Equifax and TransUnion
You will also want to carefully monitor any potentially affected bank or credit card statements or credit reports for fraudulent or suspicious activity.
We offer the following information about security safeguards and identity theft: