State of New Hampshire
Information and state-specific resources to protect New Hampshire businesses and business owners, & guidance to help you report and recover from business identity theft
Protect your personal credit and identity, and find additional state-specific information for personal identity theft protection
Learn about business identity theft, how it happens, and ways to protect your business & reduce your risks
Report business identity theft to law enforcement and appropriate government agencies, & get assistance in resolving your case
Note: These resources are specifically designed to address personal identity theft prevention and incidents of consumer identity theft. Because most state and federal identity theft and consumer protection laws are designed to protect individual consumers, businesses generally do not enjoy the same rights, protections, and potential recourse as consumers. Therefore, while helpful in addressing many issues that you may face as an individual, be aware that consumer identity theft information may not be applicable to an incident of business identity theft or fraud.
New Hampshire Attorney General consumer identity theft victim guide website (for personal cases)
New Hampshire Attorney General - Downloadable identity theft complaint form
New Hampshire AG - Online identity theft complaint form
Business identity thieves often use the identity information (and credit) of the business owner or company officers to open new accounts, or as guarantors of fraudulent loans and lines of credit. In addition to taking actions to protect your business, it is also important to protect yourself as well. This section provides detailed explanations of important consumer credit protection tools that are available to help protect your personal credit from identity thieves.
Use the links below to learn what these tools are, how they work, and how to use them to help protect your personal credit.
Tools & Resources to Protect Your Personal Credit:
If your business does not regularly review your state business filings, file your annual reports in a timely manner, or enroll in email alerts or other preventative systems that may be offered by your state, you may unknowingly attract the unwanted attention of business identity thieves.
Business identity thieves can manipulate or falsify business credit records and then use these to impersonate your business, or as a part of a fraud scheme to target your business. To combat this, you should periodically review your business credit reports and the information that is being reported.
Contact the business credit reporting agencies:
In New Hampshire, if your state business records have been fraudulently changed or updated, contact the New Hampshire Department of State Corporate Division to report and correct fraudulent business filings. Contact information is provided below.
Please note that you should only contact the New Hampshire Department of State Corporate Division for business identity theft incidents involving fraudulent business records. For such incidents, the Division may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.
All other types of business identity theft incidents and related fraud should be reported directly to law enforcement. Also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.
New Hampshire enacted its own state law establishing the availability of credit security freezes for its citizens. The three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) have also voluntarily made security freezes available to all New Hampshire state citizens. Innovis voluntarily allows consumers in all states to freeze their Innovis credit files.
Eligibility: All consumers
Credit Security Freeze Fees: Per credit bureau. To be effective, you should place a freeze at each credit bureau
• No cost for confirmed identity theft victims to place a freeze (with a copy of a police report or a DMV report)
• All others must pay $10.00 to place a freeze, to temporarily lift the freeze, or to remove it entirely
• There is a $10.00 fee for replacement PINs, if needed
• The freeze will remain in place until you remove it
To Place a Credit Security Freeze in New Hampshire:
• Experian security freeze website
• Equifax security freeze website
• TransUnion security freeze website
• Innovis security freeze website
In New Hampshire, if your business is a victim of business identity theft, you should report the crime to your local law enforcement agency. In some cases, you may also file a complaint with the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau of the New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General.
In the case of fraudulent business filings, the New Hampshire Department of State Corporate Division may also report or escalate to law enforcement as appropriate.
Be certain to also review the Business Identity Theft Victim Action List for other important steps to take.
New Hampshire Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General
NH AG Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau website
New Hampshire Attorney General Consumer Protection Hotline: 1-888-468-4454 Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
NH AG Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau telephone: (603) 271-3641
New Hampshire Department of Safety - Division of State Police
New Hampshire State Police website