Identity Theft Lawyer
Identity theft affects millions of people every year. Sadly, individuals are usually unaware that they have become a victim of this crime until it's too late, and they see unusual charges come through their credit card or bank account.
The crime of identity theft occurs when an individual steals your personal information to commit fraud. The thief may use this information in countless ways, and can apply for credit cards, bank loans, get medical services and file taxes.
These crimes can seriously damage your finances and your credit status, not to mention the stress, time and money involved in repairing your good name. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize they are a victim of identity theft until it’s too late and they experience the financial consequences. They may see a strange bill, find a mystery account is in collections, or they are denied a loan for bad credit.
Identity theft is often due to:
- Having your wallet stolen.
- Having your trash or mail rifled through.
- Falling victim to telemarketing schemes.
- Stealing credit card numbers.
- Using digital technology to capture your credit card information.
- Becoming the victim of an email phishing scheme.
Once thieves get your personal information, they can do some serious damage to your finances before you ever discover it. They can drain your bank account, charge up your credit cards, get medical treatment through your health insurance and even file for a tax refund in your name. The sooner you discover that your identity has been stolen, the better. Here are some warning signs to watch out for:
- You aren’t receiving your mailed credit card statements.
- There are unexplained withdrawals from your bank account.
- Your checks are refused.
- You receive bills from merchants or doctors you have never used.
- Your rejected by health insurance due to preexisting conditions you don’t have.
- You get notification from a company that your data was breached.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you have had your identity stolen, it is important to be aware that trying to untangle the situation yourself can be challenging at best. You will need an experienced lawyer to help. Trying to find the culprit in these cases will take full cooperation from the companies involved, however you may not get that. To compel them to help may require the persuasion of an experienced lawyer. Also, many states have specific legal procedures that must be followed.
If you have been a victim of identity theft it is important you come and speak with us as soon as possible. We can help to stop the immediate damage being done to your finances and can determine a plan of action moving forward to hold the identity thieves responsible.
Be aware that as with most legal claims, there are strict filing deadlines that must be followed. Failure to abide by these deadlines can permanently jeopardize your claim. Call us for a free consultation today at (202) 626-4486. Should you decide to pursue a claim, we will take your case on contingency. That means that you pay absolutely nothing until we recover compensation on your behalf.