Brooklyn, NY asked in Personal Injury, Communications Law, Identity Theft and Internet Law for New York

Q: Someone used to name to purchase things online

Someone has used my name to make food orders costing up to $1000 each and some indecent DVDs and have them sent to my office. The person has however used a different spelling of my name (e.g. Sean Burke spelt as Shaun Berg). Does it still considered as identity theft since the spelling was different to my name?

2 Lawyer Answers
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
Answered
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: I am unclear if you are out any money. It sounds like harassment more than ID theft. Check your credit report to see if your ID has been compromised.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
Answered

A: If they used your credit card, yes. You may have another "wrong" or action dealing with invasion of privacy if they sent the things to your office, not unlike stalking. You may need to contact a member of the NY State Trial Lawyers Assn--they give free consultations. What they can do that is economical is another issue. The lack of regulation of the internet allows for good and evil. Those that do wrong can hide easily.

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