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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Identity Theft and Small Claims for California on
Q: What if I bought a phone with cash and the store employee pulls a debit card out of his pocket and pays with that?

Also on my phone it says auto pay has been set up with the debit card used to buy the phone. I didn't use a debit card though.

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer
answered on Jan 16, 2023

I suggest you IMMEDIATELY return to the store and see the owner/manager to set this right. There are several explanations for this that come to my mind and none of them are on the up and up.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: My previous employer "mistakenly" exposed my SSN# to a former employer and waited 2 months to inform me... Can I sue?

I'm not sure on how to edit my question... but I meant to say it was exposed to a former employee not employer.

Company meant to send an email internally within the company but inadvertently sent the email to a former employee, who no longer works at the company. Thank you.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Jan 1, 2023

If you suffer loss, perhaps. If you do not suffer loss, no.

Presumably your former employer already knew your SSN because it had to pay you and withhold taxes. Seems like this is a no-harm, no-foul situation.

Good luck to you.

2 Answers | Asked in Identity Theft, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: how do I, safely, get protection from a girlfriend who fraudulently made her my DPOA and has repeatedly forged my sig

This girlfriend sent the fraudulent DPOA document to my employer and interfered with my employment very badly. The day I learned I had lost my job due to my employer needed more information and repeatedly called the girlfriend who grunted in response and hung up. She has done a lot aof damage and... Read more »

Christopher Walsh
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Christopher Walsh
answered on Jan 3, 2023

If your girlfriend forged your signature and created fraudulent documents that caused you injury, then crimes have been committed (identity theft, forgery). The whole issue will be proof. It will be important to gather any documents or evidence that you have to show what took place. There are a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Small Claims for California on
Q: My ex submitted a loan application and was approved for a $20,000 loan for her business. This was all done using my info

I never approved for her to use my information to get this loan and now I’m getting calls from debt collectors saying I owe $19,000 because she has not been paying the loan and it’s all under my information. This is not my loan and I never approved any of this.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Dec 1, 2022

when you say your EX, does that mean you were divorced?

if so what she did, arguably broke the law.

did you report it to law enforcement?

you may want to contact a local lawyer to write a letter and try to explain this to the people coming after you. I think a police report...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Is it legal for a company to request a copy of my CA driver's license?

I purchased a $500 prepaid Visa gift card from a grocery store in CA in 2022. An unknown person registered it in his name after I used $387 of the $500. Customer Service for the Bank who issued the Visa gift card refuses to fraud out this Visa card because the thief registered it in his name.... Read more »

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer
answered on Nov 30, 2022

My experience with prepaid cards is that you have to register the card before it becomes active. Based on the information in your question, it seems to me that you did not purchase the card.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft, Sexual Harassment and White Collar Crime for California on
Q: can i be convicted if i was basically bullied into it with no choice for fear of my saftey?

my roomates pimp made a scam in which i was told i had to cash these checks, they we or else and then they made threats, they took the $$ affter cashed. i am in court facing time right now. the couple was doing this toher people as well.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Nov 20, 2022

i strongly suggest you either retain an attorney or ask the court to appoint the public defender at your first appearance.

a good criminal lawyer will evaluate what evidence they have against you...............

however, If someone tells you to murder your next door neighbor, that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft and Criminal Law for California on
Q: I received a letter from local cop stating he received a report of store theft from local supermarket. What do I do?

date was said to be 9/1 at around 7 pm, but I didn't steal anything from said store. also have no idea HOW cop or store got my name or identity. it is a store I've been to, but def did not steal and can't connect dots. need to know what to say to cop when he calls.

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Oct 5, 2022

Feels more like crimlaw than consumer law. AND while I do not handle crimlaw matters, I think it is VERY rare for a 'cop' to write a letter. I think if this is a misrep or a scam, you may have a nice counter (type) claim? Good luck with it...

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: I got laid off in 2020, my ex employer is still using my information for shipping docs. Is that identity theft?

It's been almost 2 years and my name, signature etc is still used in my previous job, is that legal?

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Jul 18, 2022

First, I would ask your employer in writing to remove your name from their shipping documents.

Second, you may be able to bring a claim for unauthorized use of your name for a commercial purposes under Civil Code 3344, which provides for $750 in statutory damages, actual damages, profits...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Rights and Identity Theft for California on
Q: I was with my son at this house and i was woken up by individual told to get up and so i did and i realize they took

Everything i had my information in and as i stood i the living by 6 individuals and was told to give them a cellphone i took which i never did i was told to take all my clothes off to show i didnt have it and i said no and i had no choice or else my son would wake up with no mommy and they said... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on May 11, 2022

The DA represents a victim.

A criminal lawyer rep rests those that are alleged to have done something wrong

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: CAN AN ATTORNEY REALLY WORK ON A CASE WITHOUT EVER TALKING TO CLIENT ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS OR DETAILS OF THE CASES?

I HAVE HAD 3 CONFLICT ATTORNEYS I WAS ARRESTED DEC OF 2021 NEXT COURT DATE IS PRELIM . ONLY CONVERSATION WAS ABOUT A DEAL FROM DA NEVER ABOUT ANY TYPE OF DEFENSE OR DETAILS. 3 FELONY CASES

John Karas
John Karas
answered on Apr 24, 2022

This is how the criminal "justice" system works. You get what you "pay" for.

FYI, Conflict Counsel in Riverside County only get paid a flat fee of $500 (unless the case goes to trial, then it's a measly $1,500). No reasonably competent criminal defense attorney...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: If a credit card company denied claim of fraud, what next 1940$
Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Mar 22, 2022

an attorney would need more facts to assist you. contact a consumer protection attorney right away and have documents ready for the attorney to review.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft, Traffic Tickets and Internet Law for California on
Q: What laws exist in California around taking and attending an online traffic school course in someone else’s place?

With consent and necessary information provided, can someone legally attend/complete an online traffic school course for the consenting individual?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Feb 24, 2022

Yes, falsely representing yourself as another individual to attend traffic school for them is a CRIME. Do not do it or have it done for you. The penalty will be much worse than the ticket, you could go to jail.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Hello, my mother was the victim of a scam involving phone hacking, credit card theft and gift cards. Seeking legal help.

We want the bank to drop the credit card charges, but they insist there was no fraud. I need help building a case to prove that the funds were stolen/coerced (about $8,000). Should I seek legal counsel from a consumer protection lawyer or is this identity theft? Who could help me with this case?... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Feb 11, 2022

This is both a consumer issue and identity theft. You definitely want to consult with a consumer protection attorney. You also want to make sure you file an identity theft report with the FTC (https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/report-identity-theft). You also want to send written, by... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: What type of lawsuit would I have if someone never returned $24,000?

A person I was with in Las Vegas put something in my drink and “borrowed” a large sum of money. He’s since admitted he owes it to me but is not paying.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Nov 19, 2021

you probably need a civil litigator.

however, the amount is to small for most lawyers to take this on a contingency.

it sounds like an hourly case and would not be worthwhile for you to do this.

if you can't collect, sue for $10k in small claims and waive the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Environmental and Identity Theft for California on
Q: How do resolve current issues
Maya L. Serkova
Maya L. Serkova
answered on Nov 13, 2021

Your post is missing the actual facts. Please resubmit your question with a description of your issues. This will help us better assist you.

6 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Identity Theft and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can a bank collect a debt on a credit card 13 years after the last payment was made?

I was contacted by a law firm representing US Bank. For a credit card that was open in 2005 and payments made on it until 2008. A balance of 5000 was never paid. I have no recollection of this. It has never been on my credit report. It could have been opened by my ex wife. We were going through a... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Nov 5, 2021

it is likely past the statute of limitations but an attorney would need to review what you are receiving and get more facts to further advise you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for California on
Q: My Identity was stolen and the person responsible got my info from my old employer. Can I hold them responsible?

I left my old job in 2016 and never got a chance to clean out my locker. I believe whom ever they gave my locker to got that info from old check stubs I forgot I left in there. The fraud starts in 2016 with my old address and phone number linked to my previous employer with many inquiries for... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Oct 12, 2021

not likely unless you have specific proof showing your old employer gave your information to the person that stole your identity (knowing that the person will steal your identity). it's a hard burden to prove.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: I was scammed by accepting fraudulent check and asked to transfer money to a bank account

I have filed police complaint.The person cheated me by signing lease and showed fake ID proof .Sent.me.fake check for deposit and little over of deposit amount and asked me to transfer remains amount to his bank account

I know only the bank account number and routing number and bank... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Oct 4, 2021

much more info is needed.

if the amount is under $10,000, I would suggest going to small claims court where you can get a date within months rather than many years.

you probably can't afford to hire a lawyer for this and even if you could you might be throwing good money after...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Can I be charged 4 months after my case reads not guilty on all charges?

On 11/30/2016 my file reads not guilty on 4 felony counts. But on 3/13/2017, 1 of the charges I'm forced to take a plea bargin is this legal?

Joseph Abrams
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answered on Jul 12, 2021

You present very limited facts here to really know what is going on. But to the extent you were previously found not guilty on a criminal charge after a trial, you cannot again be prosecuted by the same court for the same charge; in other words, you cannot be subjected to "double... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Can you check to see if i have a warrant in ventura county my boyfriend is attempting to get rid of me. For a reason.

I know something about him that he absolutely doesnt want told. So he has planned ling and hard to make me appear something i am not. He physically and mentally terrorizes me.

John Karas
John Karas
answered on Jul 5, 2021

As Abraham Lincoln (who was an attorney before he became president) once said, "An attorney's stock in trade is his (or her) time". If you want an attorney to find out if there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, hire a lawyer.

Otherwise, go on the Ventura County...
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