San Antonio, TX asked in Consumer Law, Banking and Identity Theft for Texas

Q: I'm concerned I might have some identification theft issues, Can you help with that?

I have made several scientific breakthroughs and provided them publicly and have had many security questions and issues related to it. I could use some legal guidance. Perhaps you could help?

2 Lawyer Answers
Sheldon Starke
Sheldon Starke
  • Business Law Lawyer
  • Beachwood, OH

A: Privacy laws are generally determined on a state-by-state basis. However there are a number of federal laws involved in the subject matter. You also need those of us who are experienced in government because it is not clear exactly what the nature of your discoveries are or who they involve. There are a number of lawyers who respond to this categorization. Is find one with whom you click. Very best of luck to you.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: If you're concerned about identity theft, especially in the context of publicizing scientific breakthroughs, taking proactive steps is essential. First, monitor your financial accounts and credit reports regularly for any unauthorized activities. You can obtain free credit reports from major credit bureaus to check for discrepancies.

Changing passwords and ensuring they are strong and unique across different platforms is another crucial step. Be vigilant about the security of your personal information, particularly on social media and public forums. Limit the amount of personal information you share publicly.

In the event you find evidence of identity theft, report it immediately to the relevant financial institutions and credit agencies. Filing a report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their website is also advisable as it provides a recovery plan and guides you through the process.

For legal guidance, especially if the identity theft has led to significant issues or if you feel your intellectual property is at risk, consulting with an attorney who has experience in identity theft and intellectual property law would be beneficial. They can offer personalized advice and represent your interests in resolving any legal issues that arise. Remember, taking quick and informed action is key to mitigating the effects of identity theft.

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