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Q: Father in law using husbands personal information without consent.

My father in law used to live with my husband and I, but he moved away to FL and we dont speak due to unfortunate circumstances. We got paper mail with his name and my husbands name on it. Apparently he opened an account with a stocks/investment company using his own name and my husbands name,... Read more »

Michael David Siegel answered on May 18, 2018

Your husband should run his credit report. He can do it for free at annualcreditreport.com. You do not get your score but you get the entries. See what is there. Put a fraud complaint on anything false. If you are actually out money, file a police report.

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Q: Do i file a police report if my identity has been compromised?

Michael David Siegel answered on May 16, 2018

Yes. And a fraud alert with each credit bureau.

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Q: Is it recommended that you get a new social security number if you feel it's been compromised?

Michael David Siegel answered on Apr 27, 2018

You can try, but actually it is VERY hard to change numbers. Put a fraud alert on your credit report.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Identity Theft for New York on

Q: I am being denied a police report from my local precinct and being told that I must file somewhere else. Is this lawful?

My drivers license was stolen (I have a police report and a DMV report for this) and recently used as ID in a car accident that I was not a part of. I obtained the Police Accident Report for this wreck then went to my local NYPD 78th Precinct to report this instance. The officers on duty said that... Read more »

Zev Goldstein answered on Mar 30, 2018

Getting a police report changed is difficult. You may want to start with filing a police report that your identity was used by someone other than yourself. If the matter is investigated, that officer will be in a position to request that the accident report be corrected.

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Q: I used my ex girlfriends debit card with out her permission. I have already paid all the charges back to her in full.

Can she still use this against me to get what she wants. She is threatening to press charges if I don’t do everything she ask

Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 20, 2018

If she accepted payment back it is unlikely any prosecutor would pursue anything. You would claim it was a loan you paid back. Do not admit to using it without permission.

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Q: If I let Equifax know my identity's been stolen, am I required to do anything else?

Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 9, 2018

If you know that something was done in your name you must inform the police, and the institution that gave false credit to the thief.

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Q: Am I able to change my social security number?

Michael David Siegel answered on Jan 19, 2018

Under very, very narrow circumstances. You need to deal directly with the Social Security Administration.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Identity Theft for New York on

Q: I need to know what to do when the company I worked for looses my hire papers that have a copy ofmy SS card in it.

I sent a new hire packet to the address that was given to me from Merchandising Solutions Group, this packet has a copy of my SS card and all of my personal information to take my identity. 2 weeks after I had sent this NHP they send me an email giving me a new address and telling me I sent the NHP... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba answered on Dec 10, 2017

Monitor your credit closely and/or hire a company to do it for you.

If you used USPS did you mail it certified with return receipt? Use e-mail next time. Few tech savvy ones use USPS or faxes any more.

If you have no written agreement that you and employer signed start looking for...
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Q: Someone stole my boyfriend information and stole it to someone in Africa what are some action he can take?

Someone stole my boyfriend information to someone in Africa what are some legal action he can to clear his name and get back his identity. immigration his email him a letter explaining what happened and they arrested the guy who tried to gain an US passport. we need help!

Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 24, 2017

If the police are involved that is good. Pull his credit report and file a fraud claim.

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Q: What's the first thing I should do if I suspect my identity was stolen/tampered with?

Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 17, 2017

Run your credit report.

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Q: My grandmother passed away but someone got ahold of her credit card information and made charges both before and after

she died. Is her estate responsible for paying them?

Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 18, 2017

The estate is not responsible.

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Q: can I press charges for bank fraud of my account against someone that has a temporary order of protection against me?

Also, I would like to sue this person for monies owed to me for loans, shared bills and back rent. Would this be a violation of the order? Also, the bank fraud on my account happened in july 2017 can I still press charges now that I know who done it?

Lee A. Koch answered on Oct 18, 2017

Speak to the DA or go to the police station and make a police report. Furthermore, please be careful not to violate the protective order. As far as getting your money back or 'pressing charges', you can always hire a civil litigator to handle the civil aspects of the case for you.

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Q: can i have my estranged husband arrested for his forging of my signature on DMV titles and selling the vehicles?

I filed for divorce and husband started taking assets every day while i was at work despite divorce orders. I then found out he forged my signature on 2 DMV titles to vehicles owned and titled in my name and sold them to friends without my knowledge or consent. He also backdated the titles. He... Read more »

Michael David Siegel answered on Aug 28, 2017

Only the police can make an arrest. Thus, if you contacted them, and they will not, then they will not. You can sue civilly if you are correct.

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Q: Someone has been writing checks in my name and my bank refuses to refund me the money they've been stealing. Is this

legal?

Michael David Siegel answered on Jul 23, 2017

The bank must think you are negligent in letting people have access to your checks. You need to buttress your credibility by filing a criminal complaint with the police.

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Business Formation, Business Law and Identity Theft for New York on

Q: About "Power of Attorny" and "Legal Representative Agreement"

We're not partners, he owns a retail business and I'll be managing his business on amazon and further on online as part of a service our company provides. I'll also have to sign his checks and be on top of everything. Can someone please tell me the specific form I need?

Michael David Siegel answered on Jun 30, 2017

You need an employment agreement. There is no "form".

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Q: What exact form do I need to have to give my power to someone to manage my business and bank account, signing checks etc

Donovan A Rodriques answered on Jun 30, 2017

Your options may depend on your type of business entity and shareholder/member agreements currently in place. In general, you will need a power of attorney. Preferably, you may appoint the individual as a manager of the business, with all powers necessary to conduct the operations and business... Read more »

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Q: What's the best way to find out if someone has used my social security number?

Michael David Siegel answered on Jun 9, 2017

Run your credit report at annualcreditreport.com. It is free.

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Q: Is it legal for a bank or one of its employees to share personal financial or account activity with private citizens?

I live in a very small town in western NY. A few years ago a local bank I was using, or one of its employees, shared my personal account activities with a private citizen or perhaps my employer at the time(wired transactions to another state I was moving to). An individual, who owns a business and... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba answered on Jun 4, 2017

Banks are fiduciaries. That means that your interests should be above their own. They do not or should not share any private information with anyone unless by court order or with your consent. Sometimes customers make bank's employees their trustees (giving them more discretion) to invest funds and... Read more »

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

It is private but i see there are posts and the account has followed many people already, using my picture and a fake name.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. 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... Read more »

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Q: How do I change my social security number?

Michael David Siegel 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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