Identity Theft Questions & Answers by State

Identity Theft Questions & Answers

Q: Someone stole my identity - am I able to appeal a credit score that went down because of that?

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Answered on Mar 16, 2017

Absolutely. You need to contest any improper entry, put a fraud alert on your reports and make a police report.
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Q: Where do I go and how do I file and what do I need for a Lis pendens

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Identity Theft and White Collar Crime for California on
Answered on Mar 9, 2017

Your question is unclear. Are you wanting to record a Lis Pendens notice against real property in the County land records against someone else's property? Or are you wanting to know how to remove one that has been recorded against property you own?

If the former, you first would probably need to file a lawsuit involving the property before recording a Lis Pendens notice. And not every type of lawsuit may give rise to the right to file one. You need to consult an experienced real...
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Q: My daughter's school lunch account has been misused by unauthorized user(s) at her middle school.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for California on
Answered on Mar 8, 2017

Is this a private or public school? It sounds like theft that should be reported to the police for investigation. If the school is acting negligently, you may be able to sue if negotiations or complaints are unfruitful. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website....
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Q: Where do I report an identity theft?

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for California on
Answered on Feb 16, 2017

Report it to the police and to the FTC. See: https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/report-identity-theft

More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal...
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Q: Hello, I have found out that someone is using our residential address fraudulently and am looking for a resource. Thx.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for California on
Answered on Feb 16, 2017

You can report identity theft to your local police and to the FTC. See: https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/report-identity-theft

More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law:...
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Q: How would i find a probono lawyer in New York State to help me with identity theft and wrong w-2s in my taxes?

1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Identity Theft and Tax Law for New York on
Answered on Feb 15, 2017

You can report identity theft to the police and the Federal Trade Commission. As for the tax issues, contact a Tax Lawyer and a CPA. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business &...
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Q: Who should I contact when my credit report shows fraud accreditations and the IRS tells me about w-2s that aren't mine.

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for New York on
Answered on Feb 14, 2017

File a fraud report with each credit bureau, and a criminal complaint with the DA in your county.
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Q: My ex-wife is using my name with her e-mail address. I would like her to stop. We have been apart since 2009

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Answered on Feb 10, 2017

Contact the email host company. Without concrete damages it is hard to sue.
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Q: I just found out my ex took mortgages against my father's and brother's homes after he moved to Hawaii. Can they sue?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Identity Theft for California on
Answered on Feb 9, 2017

You may indeed be able to sue him for fraud and possibly other torts. You can report him to the police as well. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense,...
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Q: Dear Sir/Madam, What to do to push any legal Charges against identity thief? he is known and still using the SSN?

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for California on
Answered on Feb 6, 2017

Report identity theft to the police and the FTC. See: https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/report-identity-theft

More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts,...
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Q: If i get a fake (non-working) credit card online , and when i go to buy something, it works...what will happen? imnot18

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Gaming for Maryland on
Answered on Feb 4, 2017

If you are intentionally using a credit card that you know does not work or is not actually your account and you use it to try and purchase something - then you are potentially committing theft. You risk being charged with a crime.
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Q: What is the best process for closing accounts that were wrongly opened in my name?

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Answered on Feb 3, 2017

Report it to the fraud department of the bank.
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Q: steps to take in order to recover an illegally transferred cell phone number

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Answered on Feb 3, 2017

Report identity theft and fraud to the police and federal DOJ. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees,...
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Q: How can I find out if someone is illegal or a resident?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Child Custody and Identity Theft for Alabama on
Answered on Jan 31, 2017

There is no publicly available database or service provided by the government for such a determination. Employers can use everify: https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify
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Q: Hi. What is statue of limitations for suing company for identify theft and emotional distress?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Identity Theft for California on
Answered on Jan 31, 2017

See: http://www.courts.ca.gov/9618.htm

The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or...
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Q: What is and when does the statue of limitations begin for online theft?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 28, 2017

Statute of limitations start when the "issue" (i.e. theft, breach of contract, etc.) occurred.
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Q: Is it possible to receive probation on a 2nd degree felony if it's your first offence ?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Texas on
Answered on Jan 25, 2017

Yes, it is possible. It is even POSSIBLE to get probation for MURDER although obviously that is not the likely result. If convicted of a 2nd degree felony, the punishment range is 2 to 20 years in the state penitentiary and a fine up to $10,000. A felony prison sentence can be probated for up to 10 years.

Asking about probation assumes that the government has enough admissible evidence to convict you of the crime. Maybe they do. Maybe they don't. But wouldn't it be better to NOT...
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Q: Do I have any legal recourse if brother took out $12, 000 credit line in my name & refuses to pay it off?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and Small Claims for California on
Answered on Jan 24, 2017

Did you authorize the credit? If not, how did he do that? Fraud, forgery? The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions,...
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Q: What to do when it comes to fraud on checking account? District attorney involved

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Identity Theft for New York on
Answered on Jan 23, 2017

You have certain rights as a victim in criminal matters. The defendant may be a very serious criminal; and so you might need the protections they're offering you. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody,...
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Q: My brother was incarcerated and his wife sold their house and had her ex-husband Forge his name what can he do about it

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft, Real Estate Law and Criminal Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 21, 2017

Forgery of a Deed or Mortgage is a State Jail Felony that should be reported to law enforcement.

Second, see a family law attorney about a divorce and the proper division of the marital assets.
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