The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other government officials are putting more focus on identity theft schemes that take advantage of the elderly. As reported by The Baltimore Sun, elderly consumers are not necessarily more vulnerable to I.D. theft, but are frequently victimized by schemes involving medical care and tax returns. Both of these schemes are on the rise in the United States. Reports indicate that consumers age 60 and older filed 52,610 complaints with the FTC about identity theft in 2012. This is 19 percent of all complaints filed with the agency and an increase of 32,907 from 2010, when 13 percent of all I.D. theft complaints were filed by elderly consumers. The FTC has begun holding workshops to teach the elderly how to spot I.D. theft schemes and take actions that prevent them from becoming victims. Since a large portion of seniors have a low income, they may not file income tax returns, allowing I.D. theft to continue for an extended period of time before being discovered. If you’ve had your identity stolen and been damaged financially, you can recover what you have lost. With the help of Ventura identity theft victim lawyer Howard Silver, you can begin to take the steps to improve your finances and put an end to wrongful debt collection practices. To learn more about your rights as an identity theft victim, call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver at (818) 597-2610.
Regulators Bring Increased Focus on I.D. Theft of Seniors
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Friday, June 7, 2013