Americans think nothing of writing their name, phone number or social security number on any form. It's as common as breathing the air around you. But it's also an open invitation to become an identity theft victim. According to the federal government, more than 160,000 Americans were victims of identity theft in 2002.Identity theft victims can have their credit ruined, their bank accounts drained and their retirement benefits stolen. If you have been a victim of identity theft, it's important to contact an identity theft attorney who can help you regain your life.
Identity theft can steal months or years from your life, and thousands of your hard earned dollars from your bank account. Thieves can destroy your credit, which means you might not be able to get a new job, a loan, a car, or a house. You might even be arrested for crimes you didn't commit.
Thieves can steal your name, address, bank or credit card number, and Social Security number to commit fraud or other crimes. The sad thing is that it can be very easy to steal that private information. Thieves can steal information from your employer, or by rummaging through your trash. Some more sophisticated methods include posing as a landlord or employer to get a copy of your credit report, or stealing credit and debit card numbers as your card is being processed.
Whatever method the identity thief chooses, you are likely to end up in a world of trouble.
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According to a study by the Federal Trade Commission, credit card fraud was the most common type of identity theft pulled off in 2002, followed closely by utilities fraud. Unfortunately, identity theft happens most in Washington D.C., California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Florida, New York, Washington, Maryland, and Oregon.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of identity theft, our identity theft lawyers can help you regain control of you bank accounts, and credit history.
Qualified identity theft attorneys can help you by placing a fraud alert on your credit file, close tampered or fraudulent accounts, file a police report and FTC complaint and check for more instances of fraud.
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The FBI calls identity theft one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States.The FBI estimates that 500,000 to 700,000 Americans become identity theft victims each year.
Identity theft is a federal crime. It occurs when one person’s identification (which can include name, social security number, or any account number) is used or transferred by another person for unlawful activities.