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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Tennessee on
Q: Stolen Check / Identity Thief

Someone passed a stolen check of mine and made a purchase of over $1000 at a Tennessee Walmart in late 2001. I was not aware of this until June 2020 when I was trying to purchase a handgun and was rejected by the TBI. The information I was given is that there is a case against me in the county... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 20, 2020

Most importantly, you need to know if it was only a charge, or a conviction. A charge is not a firearm disability although the TBI will not okay your firearm purchase from a FFL. But a conviction, and a felony at that, will be life changing. Hopefully it is only a charge, and a very good... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Something shows up on my credit report from a collection agency. What can I do?

The collection agency is trying to get me to pay for something that isn’t mine.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 12, 2020

Your post may have been overlooked in this category for the past four weeks. While it may have originally stemmed from an identity theft issue, at this point, the best guidance would probably come from a collections defense attorney. There is a section here (Collections). You could repost, and if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for Delaware on
Q: Is it worth hiring an attorney to deal with the credit card company? They denied my fraud claim, and the dispute.

I'm a resident of DE.

Dec-Feb we had a contractor doing work on the house. He used my home depot credit card use for supplies. I rcvd the card back with the receipt each time. So he may or may not be connected with the fraud.

In March we had $640 worth of fraud charges on the... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 5, 2020

I am sure that Delaware has a small claims court system. Your claim, being under $1000.00 will most likely fall in the jurisdiction. You need to sue the contractor for use of the CC beyond the permissive use you gave him. Pay the CC to preserve your credit. HD really did not do anything wrong,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for New Jersey on
Q: Hello I live in condominium. I was taking out my garbage and this lady was recording from her condo. I live in NJ.

Is this legal? And what should I do? I feel like my privacy was affected by this? What legal steps should I take? The garbage container is right in front of my house and she lives across the street.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jun 29, 2020

As long as you are outside and she is not on your property trespassing, she can record whatever she likes, just like everyone who records police officers today.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for Nevada on
Q: How does one join this class-action lawsuit?

Brown v. Google LLC et al.

Adam Savett
Adam Savett answered on Jun 28, 2020

This is a brand new case that was just filed last week.

There is no settlement, no judgement, nothing to claim at this point.

Class action cases take time, often 2-5 years from the time they are filed until they are resolved.

And there is no guarantee that the case will be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Identity Theft and Immigration Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Will this affect my green card application?

My friend from China scammed me. He said his business is legit and he asked me to collect payments and send it to him. My bank closed my accounts because of it and deducted money to my other accounts to send the money back to people who marked me as fraud. Will this affect my application to get a... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jun 27, 2020


If this just happened, a Federal investigation may be pending. If you spoke to Federal Officers, then you may be subject to further action in criminal court. This will delay any action and may even result in detention and deportation.

I strongly recommend an appointment with a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for New Jersey on
Q: a staff in at&t stole my SSN, bought new phone and opened a new mobile account.

I contacted at&t so the account is canceled, but I'm worried because the person still has my SSN. I asked proper action and compensation to at&t but they offered me $19.99 x 22 months credit.

Do you think I should accept that offer? Or will it worth to sue them?

Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera
Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera answered on Jun 24, 2020

If you are not responsible for the cost of the new phone and the new mobile account, and your SSN has not been used further, you have no current damages to sue for. they are already offering you compensation, but you can also request the company to pay for a credit monitoring service so that you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for South Carolina on
Q: Personal care worker stole my dad's bank info and opened a Paypal acct in her name. Is this identity theft?

PayPal verified my dad's acct by debiting .25 and then crediting the acct with .20 and then .05. I was quick to catch this bcuz as his POA I monitor the acct and he's been asking me to see if his stimulus check has been deposited. Although the money was taken out and put back in would... Read more »

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Jun 17, 2020

Assuming that this occurred in South Carolina i would recommend that you reach out to your local law enforcement agency and file a report. This could certainty be considered breach of trust or even possibly exploitation of a vulnerable adult. A law enforcement agency would need to investigate to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Consumer Law, Contracts and Identity Theft for Kentucky on
Q: Is it illegal for a loan company to accidentally share your personal information with another person?

I had a personal loan, I paid it off in March or April. The loan company sent me the wrong persons original loan Note Agreement. Like I have someone else's original signature documents. Has personal info on it... I called the loan company to let them know and asked if my info was sent to the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 17, 2020

No, not if it was accidental!!!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Identity Theft for Louisiana on
Q: Is it legal to register someone else for a race and run with his bib number to make it appear he was there?

My husband’s co-worker has made numerous bizarre untrue allegations about my husband to disrupt our marriage. We found out she registered him for a race, picked up his packet and her packet and ran with both to make it look as if they ran the race together. My husband was working in a project... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 15, 2020

It is not illegal but does sound like a fatal attraction.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for Ohio on
Q: my x commited credit card theft while I was in the store with him!

He told me he was buying us clothes because I was pregnant at the time! The second time he did it he stole my card out my mail box that had 500$ on it! And told me he still had my card with the money on it he just grabbed it for me he said well we went to the same place went shopping for our baby... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 15, 2020

You haven't asked a question, but you really ought to hire an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Identity Theft, Sexual Harassment and Small Claims for Kentucky on
Q: I have a few people upstairs and a person down the road that's harrassing me. I believe they stole passwords to somethin

I hear them all over my house. Non stop harrassing me. Threatening me

Taking photos of me. They stole my Facebook password and changed it on me

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 12, 2020

What is your question!!!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Can my mothers land be taken legally because of my brother's mistake?

My brother stole money from his employer to build a house on my mother's land. If this is taken to court, can the court take the house and land away from my mother?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Jun 11, 2020

Yes, it is possible. The benefit of the theft cannot inure to your mother.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: If I got a citation for no insurance and there’s a lot of information Incorrect do I have to Go to court

They have the wrong first name and date of birth they also put a ID number in but I told him my ID was in the car ahead of us so he never got it and I don’t live in the town I was stopped in so I gave him my family members house that I was staying at for the summer so if I don’t show up to... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 11, 2020

Incorrect information on the face of the citation does not make it invalid but could give your attorney a starting point to argue that the office was simply wrong about [insert something the prosecution must prove to win a conviction] and although we don't have direct evidence of that, we can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for Texas on
Q: What kind of attorney protects you from fraud, being framed with assistance from the court clerks creating documents,

The court is aiding my house being stolen. The wrap deed of trust was actualy a sale to the county trustee. I have proof of fake documents from court.

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 8, 2020

Schedule a consultation with a local Real Estate Attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for Maryland on
Q: My brother is in prison. His girlfriend has POA. She wants to open credit cards in his name. Is that legal?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 24, 2020

There are three parts to this answer: (1) whether the POA itself states the agent has the power to do so, and many general powers of attorney do grant the power to borrow money or apply for credit--but you have to be sure; (2) whether doing so is strictly for the benefit of and in the interest of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Identity Theft for Virginia on
Q: my wife and I have not lived together in 5 years.But I recently found out she put my name on her lease illegal.

also I notice my mail stop coming to current address.Postal service says my mail keep going to her address.I never made a change of address.postal service inspector is investigating why my address keep getting changed,without my consent.

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on May 18, 2020

Maybe it is time to get divorced already?

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft and Lemon Law for California on
Q: Can a car dealer in California sell my car without my signature?

My daughter when to a car dealer to buy a new car and she gave the dealer my car that we own together as "AND" on the Title. Can the dealer legally take the car without my signature? Can I legally go to the dealer and ask for my car? I reside in California.

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on May 16, 2020

Legally? Probably not. But, that rarely stops a car dealer! Try the dmv investigations unit, as they police dealers...

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation, Identity Theft and Stockbroker Fraud for New York on
Q: What should I do? My account is frozen cause I was given fraud checks and bank took my money when they decline the check

So I was given two checks for a side job I deposit it to my account and they decline next day I was called that the check’s were fraud but they bank never gave me the money. I gave them the emails and address of where I gotten them and they froze my account. When I login into my account I had... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on May 14, 2020

If you never got the money and the checks were declined, the bank must suspect you for fraud. There is something not right but if the whole matter is over $110 there is little a lawyer can do. When the courts reopen, make a small claims suit.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Identity Theft on
Q: What legal problems can I have if a debt collector continues to pursue me (US citizen) in Japan?

A merchant in Japan tried to copy my signature 3 times, the signatures were professionally verified to be false. The original bank refused to verify signatures, and never acknowledged the fraud, despite other evidence provided, such as my colleague's wallet being stolen at the same time and... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on May 12, 2020

If a US collection agency is trying to collect an invalid debt you have the right avail yourself of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, a federal statute. Contact a U. S. lawyer for advice because if you ignore the collection agency it could result in a collection action that you might have... Read more »

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