Should I Hire A Lawyer For Identity Theft?

How do you prove identity theft?

You may choose to file a report with your local police department.a copy of your FTC Identity Theft Report.a government-issued ID with a photo.proof of your address (mortgage statement, rental agreement, or utilities bill)any other proof you have of the theft (bills, IRS notices, etc.)More items….

What is the minimum sentence for identity theft?

Committing identity theft can lead to significant incarceration. Aggravated identity theft is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years, which can increase based on the severity of the crimes. In rare cases, first-time offenders that didn’t inflict major harm can avoid jail time for identity theft.

What are you liable for if your identity is stolen?

You have limited liability for fraudulent debts caused by identity theft. Under most state laws, you’re not responsible for any debt incurred on fraudulent new accounts opened in your name without your permission. Under federal law, the amount you have to pay for unauthorized use of your credit card is limited to $50.

Do Police Investigate Identity Theft?

Police departments can do very little to investigate and prosecute identity theft. … You can use the Identity Theft Report to help get false information taken off your credit reports, stop a company from collecting debts and place an extended fraud alert on your credit reports.

How does identity theft affect the victim?

When someone commits identity theft, they literally assume your identity. They can then do any number of things in your name, including opening new credit accounts, filing a fraudulent tax return, committing other forms of fraud and more. Being victimized in this way can leave you feeling violated, anxious and unsafe.

How can I find out if someone is using my identity?

at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338) or go to: www.identitytheft.gov/ To order a copy of your Social Security Administration earnings and benefits statement, or to check whether someone has used your Social Security number to get a job or to avoid paying taxes, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/statement/.

How much can you sue for identity theft?

Many have passed laws allowing identity theft victims to sue. Both California and North Carolina have such a law. North Carolina made financial identity fraud a felony under state law allowing victims to sue for up to triple the actual damages, or $5,000, whichever is greater.

Can you get compensation for identity theft?

If the lawsuit is successful, the victim can potentially recover: Compensatory damages: This is the most common type of damages award issued and will cover financial losses caused by the crime. Punitive damages: In rare and extraordinary instances of identity theft, a victim may be able to claim punitive damages.

What should you do if you are a victim of medical identity theft?

If you’ve been a victim of medical identity theft, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, online or at 877-438-4338. If the fraud is Medicare-related, report it to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, online or at 800-447-8477.

Does IRS investigate identity theft?

The IRS will work to correct your stolen identity refund fraud, issue your refund (if you’re getting a refund), and protect you from future tax identity theft.

What degree of felony is identity theft?

Non-financial identity fraud is a Class D felony.

Can lawyers help with identity theft?

If you have had your identity stolen, contact an identity theft attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys may be able to help to recover financial losses and remedy other injuries you have suffered as a result.