Identity Theft is a common problem these days as we enter into an age of the internet and places such as social media where people exchange valuable and personal information at a fast pace. As we have also learned most recently, our credit cards and debit cards can be compromised when shopping online or with our favorite retailers, as well as even at hotels. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, our Identity Theft Attorneys assist people who have been Victims of Identity Theft, and we also advise people on How to Protect their Identities.
Our Identity Theft Lawyers have created this particular page to assist you with What To Do if your Identity is Stolen, and also How to Protect Yourself against Identity Theft. Our Identity Theft Attorneys also created this page to introduce you to the many resources that are available for free from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the issue of Identity Theft, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). We have also posted much information under our Identity Theft Resources Page and our Identity Theft FAQ page for your information and we update this information regularly so please feel free to check back often for new information.
Two (2) of the best resources if you have been a Victim of Identity Theft are:
- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The website for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is: http://www.ftc.gov; and
- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Investigative Division. The website for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Investigative Division is: http://investigative.gbi.georgia.gov/identity-theft.
There is a wealth of information on both the FTC and GBI websites on How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft, and What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen.
The GBI website provides ten (10) very helpful hints on How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft such as:
- Protecting your Social Security Number:
- Using Caution when giving out Personal Information;
- Treating your Trash carefully;
- Protecting your mail;
- Checking your Bills and Bank Statements;
- Checking Your Credit Reports;
- Stopping Pre-Approved Credit Offers;
- Asking Questions;
- Protecting your Computer; and
- Using Caution on the Web.
The guide from the FTC also discusses how to Reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft such as:
- Reviewing your Credit Reports;
- Reviewing your Explanation of Medical Benefits;
- Responding Quickly to Notices from the Internal Revenue Service;
- Active Duty Alerts for Military Personnel; and
- Protecting your Personal Information.
If you have been a Victim of Identity Theft, the first thing that you should do is to download the information from the FTC titled: Taking Charge: What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen, and this information can be found at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft, and you should also contact GBI Special Agent in Charge John Whitaker at 404-270-8525.
The helpful guide from the FTC will discuss the Immediate Steps that you should take if you are a Victim of Identity Theft such as:
- Placing an Initial Fraud Alert;
- Ordering your Credit Reports; and
- Creating an Identity Theft Report.
You should also file a police report with your local police department if you have been a Victim of Identity Theft.
The guide from the FTC also includes Sample Letters and Forms, and very useful Contact Information.
If you need further assistance on either How To Best Protect Your Identity or What To Do If You Are A Victim Of Identity Theft, then please feel free to contact Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates by phone for your free consultation at (770) 865-8654 or (813) 363-6664, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Contact Us through our website, and we will be glad to assist you.