We often hear about identity theft and how horrible it can be. But has it happened to you? Most likely, in today’s world, you have had identity theft happen to you at least once. It may not have been that big of a deal. You got your money back. But what happens when it happens again and more often, or maybe it is bigger next time. Kajioka & Associates Attorneys At Law is here to help you learn the different types of identity theft and what you can do to help yourself when this happens to you.
Financial Identity Theft
This type of identity theft may have already happened to you a few times. Financial identity theft is the most common form of identity theft. This is when someone uses another person’s information for financial gain. Such as, using your credit card or SSN. One of the best things you can do is check your bank accounts frequently. This way you will be able to see if there is a withdrawal that has happened and you were not the one that made the purchase. Often times it is small so the thief can see what they can get away with. If there is something on your bank account that you have not purchased call your bank and let them know it wasn’t you. These people will also try to use your SSN to open up new credit cards under your name.
Tax Identity Theft
Tax identity theft is when someone uses your personal information to file a tax return in hopes to get your tax refund. After you file your taxes if this has happened to you, you will get rejected on your tax return because it has already been filed by someone else. If this happens you need to contact the IRS. You most likely will have to file a fraud claim and they will give you a pin number to use on your taxes in the future. You will also want to consider putting a security freeze because they most likely have a lot of your information and you don’t want them to have that.
Medical Identity Theft
Medical identity theft is exactly what it sounds like. It is when someone uses your personal information to receive medical care in your name. You can find this out when you get bills from the doctor, or the insurance company sends you a claim for medical care that you did not receive. If this happens, contact your insurance company and let them know what is happening. If you start getting bills from the doctors that you do not go to, call the office and let them know.
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If you have gone through any of these identity thefts and you are not getting the help that you need to get your identity back, then you need help from an attorney. Identity theft attorneys can advise you of all of the rights and remedies available to you under federal and state law including the right to restitution not just for the actual harm incurred but also for the time spent trying to fix said harm. Identity theft cases typically involve cybercrimes as well, which can be difficult to defend. Kajioka & Associates Attorneys at Law can best represent you.