There’s something deeply, viscerally frightening about the prospect of identity theft. There’s the undeniably financial aspect of it, not to mention the extraordinary inconvenience and strain it places on your daily life.
But identity theft strikes at something deeper, and that’s our fundamental conception of ourselves and how that can survive in an increasingly digitized society. When your identity is stolen, you lose more than just money. You lose a sense of yourself and your trust in society.
The consumer fraud lawyers at Markoff Leinberger understand how difficult and traumatizing identity theft can be. We’re may be able to help you if you’ve been the victim of this crime.
If you need an experienced consumer fraud lawyer, please call Markoff Leinberger today at 1-888-517-9115 for a free consultation.
How Identity Theft Happens
It’s sometimes easy to dismiss identity theft as something that happens to careless individuals, but this isn’t the case. Many identity thieves are creative people who use their computer skills to commit these sorts of crimes.
Identity theft can occur for a variety of different reasons and in a wide range of contexts, but common explanations include:
- E-mail or other Internet schemes that result in the acquisition of your credit card information; this is also a common cause of credit card fraud.
- Hacking through the use of spyware or malware planted in misleading e-mails or hidden in Web pages
- The physical retrieval of your receipts and other financial paperwork; this is why the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, one of the relevant credit laws, prohibits companies from printing more than five digits of your credit card number, and no part of your expiration date, on receipts
There are things you can do to protect your identity. Our fraud lawyers always urge consumers to:
- Shred financial paperwork
- Avoid giving out identifying personal information such as Social Security numbers to unknown or unfamiliar parties
- Never open suspicious e-mail attachments
However, you can take all the right steps and still find yourself the victim of identity theft. You’re the victim and should not feel bad about that. Our consumer fraud lawyers can help in a number of ways, including:
- Investigating to determine how the identity theft happened
- Pursuing a claim against a business if it violated FACTA and aided the identity theft
- Investigating a potential claim against the individual or organization that stole your identity
You have a right to pursue justice and compensation when you’re victimized by identity theft.
If you want to speak to our consumer fraud lawyers about your identity theft claim, please call Markoff Leinberger today at 1-888-517-9115 or contact us online for a free consultation.