Identity Theft Questions & Answers by State

Identity Theft Questions & Answers

Q: I just found out someone made an impersonation account of me on Instagram, what can i do?

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Answered on Apr 27, 2017

You can report the abuse to IG. 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, www.AEesq.com. 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...
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Q: My brother died without a will. He was on my mortgage. Can I file probate or must his wife?

2 Answers | Asked in Identity Theft and Probate for California on
Answered on Apr 18, 2017

Either of you can file for probate. You can have an attorney investigate the facts re: the alleged fraud.

See: http://www.aeesq.com/business-law/real-estate-fraud/

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Q: Is a credit reporting agency required in any way to let me know if my identity has been stolen?

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for California on
Answered on Apr 14, 2017

No, but you can let them know to try to correct reporting errors. You may need a judgment or other evidence to prove identity theft. You can report identity theft to the police and FBI. 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, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in...
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Q: What court system do I report tax fraud after reporting to the IRS?

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft and Tax Law for District of Columbia on
Answered on Apr 10, 2017

The IRS investigates and prosecutes tax fraud. Once you report it to them, they handle it from there. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
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Q: How do I change my social security number?

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Answered on Apr 8, 2017

It is nearly impossible, but you have to go to the social security office and apply.
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Q: If a person calls impersonating a lawyer is it an arrestable offense?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 7, 2017

Possibly so, but the circumstances of the event will determine that. For example, if the person claimed being an attorney to convince you to send him/her money to settle a lawsuit or claim, that would likely be something a Prosecutor would want to pursue. Having a recording of the exact statements or criminal acts is ideal since Georgia allows one party of a conversation to record the other party speaking.

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Atlanta GA

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Q: Are cops allowed to search someone's hotel room because of someone that was there who was on probation?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Identity Theft for California on
Answered on Mar 27, 2017

Usually a warrant would be required for non-consensual search of a 3rd party's home.

See: http://le.alcoda.org/publications/point_of_view/files/probation_searches.pdf.

See also: http://le.alcoda.org/publications/point_of_view/files/RAMEY.pdf, which says in relevant part:

" (1981) 451 U.S. 204, 205-6. ALSO SEE U.S. v. Litteral (9th Cir. 1990) 910 F.2d 547, 553 [“(U)nder Steagald, if the suspect is just

a guest of the third party, then the police must obtain a...
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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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