Are you a victim of fraud? Did someone steal your identity? Or commit some other fraudulent act against you?
Don’t take this on alone. You need the assistance of a trusted attorney who can help you through the complicated legal process after you identity has been stolen.
There are any number of ways that this can happen to you. It happens multiple times every day to people all across the country. So don’t feel like you are to blame. These are cold, calculated criminals who are targeting almost anyone, anywhere, to get away with a horrific criminal act.
This is a serious crime that can land the person convicted of fraud in prison for a long time.
As a victim of this crime, you’ll want to make sure that the person is prosecuted.
Let’s take a look at fraud crimes.
What is identity theft? Michael Anzalone will tell you that this crime, also known as identity fraud, takes place all the time. In fact, look around you. Someone you see will probably have their identity stolen this year.
This theft happens when someone assumes your identity. They pose as you. The reason? To get money, credit or any other service they feel is valuable. Somehow, the criminal gets your information _ including driver’s license number, your Social Security number or even your bank account information. They use this to open accounts in your name _ without your knowledge.
This can happen in many, many ways. Sometimes they get it from a stolen wallet. In these cases, they’ll typically run to a store and quickly use your credit cards to make purchases, many times before you even notice that your wallet is gone.
Other times, they get the information by going through your trash. Those bank statements or credit card statements? Shred them before tossing them. They are after your banking information and some people will go to almost any lengths to get that valuable information. Don’t make it easy for them.
The best advice that attorney Michael Anzalone can offer you is to keep your information as private as possible. Keep your Social Security cards locked away in a safe or in a private place in your home. Hide them in a closet for safekeeping. Don’t keep them just lying around the house. And NEVER carry these items in your wallet or purse.
Make sure you mail is not left in your mailbox. If you live in an area where you are worried about your mail being stolen from the mailbox, get a post office box, where your mail will be kept safe. When you need to mail a bill to a creditor, do not put it in the mailbox with the red flag up for the postman to see. Criminals see it too and they can swipe it and grab your information.
If you need to talk about ways to protect yourself and your family from identity fraud, please contact attorney Michael Anzalone at The Anzalone Law Firm in Nashua, New Hampshire for a free consultation.