There are a variety of ways someone can steal your identity such as gaining access to your bank accounts, email and social security number, and what they do with your identity could hurt you financially and may involve criminal activity. Your identity can be used to drain your accounts, commit cyber crimes, traffic drugs and many others. This crime is typically faceless and can go unnoticed for quite a while. Our attorney in California wants you to know a few ways to recognize identity theft and what to do if you’ve been a victim.
Your identity may have been stolen if:
- You have unexplained credit card charges or withdrawals from your checking and savings accounts.
- You stop receiving mail at your current address.
- You’re receiving calls from debt collectors or medical providers for expenses and services you did not purchase or use.
- Your bank or credit card company notified you of a data breach or unusual charges to your account.
- The IRS reached out to you regarding multiple tax returns under your name.
The first step to take once you’ve realized your identity has been stolen is to call our attorney for a complimentary consultation. Howard D. Silver specializes in identity theft cases and can help you report and file your case. Once you’ve realized or been notified that your identity has been stolen, you will need to:
- File an identity theft report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
- Notify your bank and any other companies where you know fraud was committed to place a “Fraud Alert.”
- Contact your local law enforcement to file a police report.
- Collect all relevant data and documentation to provide proof of identity theft.
If you have reason to believe you have been a victim of identity theft, please call our attorney in California at (855) 341-2611 to schedule a FREE consultation. The Law Office of Howard D. Silver serves clients in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and surrounding areas of California.