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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: What's the first thing I should do if I suspect my identity was stolen/tampered with?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 17, 2017

Run your credit report.

2 Answers | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
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
Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 18, 2017

The estate is not responsible.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Small Claims for New York on
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
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.

2 Answers | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
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
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
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
Michael David Siegel answered on Jun 30, 2017

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

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3 Answers | Asked in Banking, Business Formation, Business Law and Identity Theft for New York on
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
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
Michael David Siegel answered on Jun 9, 2017

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

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Libel & Slander, Consumer Law and Identity Theft for New York on
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
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... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
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.
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: How do I change my social security number?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Apr 8, 2017

It is nearly impossible, but you have to go to the social security office and apply.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Someone stole my identity - am I able to appeal a credit score that went down because of that?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel 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.

2 Answers | Asked in Collections, Identity Theft and Tax Law for New York on
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?

My mother would do my taxes every year and now i had to contact the irs because this year i tried to do them and the wrong price should up and i found out she put w-2s in there that i did not even work at that year. Then i was out of the state during one of the years. I also am dealing with my... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. 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... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Who should I contact when my credit report shows fraud accreditations and the IRS tells me about w-2s that aren't mine.

I have a pretty good idea on who it is. Only 3 people knew it and they are all my family.

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 14, 2017

File a fraud report with each credit bureau, and a criminal complaint with the DA in your county.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
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
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 10, 2017

Contact the email host company. Without concrete damages it is hard to sue.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: What is the best process for closing accounts that were wrongly opened in my name?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 3, 2017

Report it to the fraud department of the bank.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: steps to take in order to recover an illegally transferred cell phone number

i had my identity stolen and part of this was the unauthorized transfer of my cellphone number to a different carrier (pre-paid account so there is no name associated). I've been going in circles for weeks between AT&T and TMobile with no results, until i was told by them that i needed to... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. 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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Identity Theft for New York on
Q: What to do when it comes to fraud on checking account? District attorney involved

Someone stole my debit card info and purchased things in a store. The person was arrested and a detective informed me they are pressing charges with my statement. Now they are talking about witness protection and going down to district attorneys office to get my formal statement. This is very... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. 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,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: If you used someone's credit card with permission but they later say they didn't consent, can you get arrested

for identity theft?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Jan 12, 2017

Yes. But you have a defense.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: If my personal information was stolen by hackers can I sue the company who had my info for inadequate security?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Dec 30, 2016

Yes. There are class action lawyers that do these cases. Some have probably already started a case. Google it online and find one to join the case.

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