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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue tiktok to get a fake account taken down that someone opened up in my name and took one of my videos and put on

Fake account and I know who did it. I also feel this guy is scouting minors for trafficking I have emailed them over a dozen times n reported his account with no luck since 12/31/21. Not sure what else to do??

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 22, 2022

I'm not sure how TikTok would be liable to you. Most social media companies, in that finely printed terms and conditions no one reads when they sign up for an account, say basically "we're just a platform and not responsible for the content users upload".

If you know...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: can i get advice about a husband who stopped paying bills to ruin my credit because his name is not on anythhing

he always had bad credit so we put everything in my name and the last couple years he became selfish and has stopped paying for things in my name and i am a stay at home mother he has always told me doesnt want me to work but i feel i dont have another option and i will be divorcing him i dont... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 20, 2021

Sounds like you are on the right path. You'll need to settle this through the divorce process.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: Any Advice

I Got Arrested For 3rd degree retail fraud and I was so scared cause I never been in trouble so I was acting out of fear and used a fake name and now I got a letter in the mail to get arraigned and I Don’t Wanna go to jail I have a 1 year old son and I just got a good job working at the hospital... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 17, 2021

Best to face this head on. Otherwise, there will be a warrant for your arrest. And while the police likely won't come out with the SWAT team to arrest you on something like this, these sort of things often creep up and catch up with you when you can least afford to deal with it: you get pulled... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: My granddaughter left her boyfriend in Colorado and stayed with us while waiting for an apartment in Chicago. She asked

if we could co sign her

lease. We are 70 and retired. She has left apartments with unpaid rent in the past. We said we could not but she said that the company had waived the cosighner. We gave her furniture and she moved. We heard from her and she sent pictures of the apartment. She... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 5, 2021

This might be something you may not want to do given the family relationship, but is something you would likely need to do to clear your name: you will need to report this to the police. Until you do, the apartment complex will continue to hold you responsible for the balance.

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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: Can I take someone to court for stealing something that has no money value? It is an important document

Someone has stolen my social security card I know who stole it and that they still currently have it local authorities said all they can do is nicely ask him to mail it to me.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 24, 2021

The problem is, for the police, there is no proof they stole it or are using it - either of which would be a crime. Your best bet may be just to apply for a replacement card, and disassociate yourself with this person.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: My x took my title and forged my signature to transfer my car into his name illegally

I need to know what to do in order to get the police to do something about this felonious crime.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 20, 2021

I'm unsure what else you can do other than file a police report.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan life estate deeded home laws. I am the son in 2016 I bought mom and dads house with cash no mortgage needed

Or wanted and I deeded back to them immediately with life estate deeded &recorded. Now in 2018 my bank claims they put a $945,000 future advance mortgage on their home thru me without their signature or consent. The attorney I had did not name my daughter as remainderman listed no one except me... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 7, 2021

Lot going on here...are you saying that a mortgage was processed without signatures? You may need to contact the title company to help figure out what's going on.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: My account was hacked then banned and the company who runs the service refuses to help, should I seek legal action?

I am not sure if i should get in contact with a lawyer about this issue due to not knowing if legal compensation is possible but i want to exhaust all my options. in short I have an account with the company Activison-blizzard (the people behind games like Call of Duty) this account was compromised... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 11, 2021

What damages have you suffered? Has someone used this data against you? Has someone stolen money? Without actual damages, it's going to be tough finding a lawyer to do much more. I'm not sure how you'd be able to show them being complicit in data theft, let alone fraud, if the breach... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: Hello, I have a question regarding Identity Theft; and jurisdiction.

My Mother in law is having me prosecuted for allegedly opening a credit card in her name. The said crime im being accused of happened in Wayne County Michigan, but I have my court proceedings in Monroe County. My mother in law has a lot of influence in Monroe County court, is there a jurisdictional... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 5, 2020

Not sure with the facts given, but I would suspect venue may be proper in Monroe if that's where your mother in law lives and it's alleged that's where you obtained her identifying information.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Identity Theft and Probate for Michigan on
Q: My father used my identity on forged paperwork to take over my mom's estate in probate court. Can I take it back?

My mom named me her agent on a durable POA for all real and tangible personal property and highlighted at the end that it went into effect immediately (Dec '13) and was to "CONTINUE UNTIL REVOKED" - in all caps . Mom got her wings last April. After I refused to sign a letter of... Read more »

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on May 3, 2020

A durable power of attorney terminates upon death of the principal. Once your mother died, you had no power under the POA. If you believe someone forged a document submitted to the probate court, you should contact the court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and White Collar Crime for Michigan on
Q: Looking for pro bono lawyer for friend that is already incarcerated. He has court appointed but he has not done a thing.

A cpl charges include possession of methamphetamine, stolen car, counterfeit money, I'm unsure of exact atm but can obtain the info

How can I help get him a lawyer that will actually help him?? He does have court date set for March 5th but I really think hes getting screwed by this... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 24, 2020

The best thing you can do to support your friend, short of hiring an attorney, is to manage his expectations. I get it that your friend doesn't think his court appointed attorney is doing anything, but depending on the facts of the case, he may be facing a situation where he either accepts the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: How to deal with a tenant not on the lease, and who is not paying any rent money.

I moved out of my apartment in Michigan, and found a guy to stay in it, and we had an agreement that he will pay me rent every month. He is NOT on the lease. He payed me for the months of October and November. He has, as of december, not payed me rent, and is not answering my calls.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 22, 2020

First, does your lease - the agreement YOU entered into with the landlord - allow for this arrangement (subleasing)? And if so, is the landlord aware that this is what's going on now? If not, the amount owed is between you and the landlord.

You could do as you're proposing: pay...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: Can Amazon be sued for identity theft? I keep getting rejections from Chase bank for Amazon credit I never applied for.

For the last few years, it's been a nightmare removing the negative inquiries from my credit report. Both Chase and Amazon blame each other. Chase claims they only get their applications electronically, directly from inside Amazon and must process them. Amazon claims there has not been a... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Jun 25, 2019

Have you completed an identity theft report and affidavit? If not, I suggest you do so. You can find one on the Federal Trade Commission website. You should also file a police report.

After you've done this, I suggest you send dispute letters to all three credit bureaus and enclosed...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: I need a lawyer that deals with identity theft issues. Anyone know of someone in Michigan?

Someone created a paypal account using my SSN. Paypal never alerted me to this. They are rude and are still allowing this person to perform transactions under me even after me telling them it is not me. They never investigated this. Been going on since last Oct. 2018

Has this affected your... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Apr 29, 2019

Has this affected your credit? Are you getting collection letter or responsible for any debt?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: What can I sue someone for as the victim of an assault and battery and larceny from a car?

Criminal charges are being persued, the 'suspect' has been arrested and arraigned. He punched me in the face twice, knocking my front tooth out. He was the passenger in my car I was DRIVING, so i parked and demanded he get out. He refused, so i got out. Whwn he hit me he knocked off my... Read more »

Daniel Hilf
Daniel Hilf answered on Aug 22, 2018

You were the victim of an intentional tort (assault and battery) and can pursue a civil lawsuit against him. The lawsuit can be filed as a small claims matter (where you represent yourself in court), however your recovery will be limited. You, or a lawyer retained to represent you, can file a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: My child is 13, he stole my bank card and bought a semi-auto bb gun off of amazon. What can he be charged with

I want him to see some juvie/jail time not just fines. Because he needs a wake up call not a coffin or future prison record. Any charges for the semi-auto bb handgun

Jasmine D. Rippy
Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Apr 17, 2018

If you report your son to police, he could be charged with illegal use of a financial transaction device, which is a felony. Because he used the card online, he could also be charged with using the internet or a computer to commit a crime, which in this case would be a felony because the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: I was in prison and an ex girlfriend used my identity to try to open several accounts and killed my credit score

What do I do other than the fraud report and can I collect any compensation for her doing this to me?

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Feb 17, 2018

You can absolutely collect damages if you are a victim of identity theft. Depending on the severity of your credit damage you are entitled to compensation under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. You would first have to set up the lawsuit properly by retaining an experienced FCRA lawyer. You can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Tax Law, Identity Theft and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: I moved out. My before my address changed my roommate got my tax info and is withholding it. Is it a crime? whats to do?

I lived with someone for a year, and it was awful. So i did everything i could to leave and was successful. They basically are the type of person to, if was granted power in any way, try and force me to apologize for not helping her out or doing what she wanted. So I did not get my address changed... Read more »

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Feb 8, 2018

The easiest and less stressful way for you to get your tax documents would be to request them from your employers, etc. again. You can also request them from the IRS but usually they are not available until very close to or after the filing deadline so you would need to file and extension request... Read more »

Q: Hello I had a friend who introduced me to a lawyer who only talks through texts who says he gets you free federal grant

Then he wants me to send copy of ID then my birthday name and address for money to come proof of income then he says I have to send 470 for a clearance fee then they send me 350,000 after I send it is this a scam I never seen him he only communicate through text messages

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Nov 24, 2017

Yes, a scam.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: How to remove my name off my ex husband's credit cards? how to transfer 401K from ex into my account?

I have been divorced since 2015. Prior to the final divorce proceedings, my lawyer and myself called the credit card companies and made sure my name was off these credit cards. The divorce papers mention to be off all credit cards that previously had me as a joint owner or user. Recently, I... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 25, 2017

Are you and your ex on speaking terms? If so, you should confront him with this new listing to see what he says. It could be an old card that he thought your name had been removed from, and the error lies with the credit card company itself. If not, you may want to contact the credit reporting... Read more »

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