Florida Identity Theft Lawyers
If Your Identity Was Stolen, You Have Options
Identity theft has become a major problem, especially as the cyber age
continues to develop, giving hackers access to our personal information
with a simple click. In fact, more than 13 million Americans have suffered
from identity theft and have watched helplessly as their credit was damaged
due to stolen information and incurred debts.
If you’re feeling trapped and helpless because someone stole your
identity, our firm wants to hear from you. By contacting our St. Petersburg
identity theft lawyers, you can get aggressive help today. At Boss Law,
our central goal is to defend your rights, no matter what.
Call us today at
(727) 877-3188 for protection against the tragic circumstances of identity theft.
How Do I Know If I'm a Victim of Identity Theft?
Here are a few things you should look out for:
- If you have not received any bills through the mail
- If you received credit cards that you did not apply for
- If you have been receiving calls from debt collectors for debts you do not have
- If you have received inquiries from businesses about services you did not purchase
If you have noticed any of the above, make sure that you investigate further
to verify whether it is a simple mistake, or if someone has misused your
identity for their personal gain.
How Identity Theft Can Affect Your Life
There are so many adverse effects that follow from having your identity stolen.
One of the biggest consequences is a lower credit score, making it even
more challenging to restore good credit to your name.
Just a few of the ways identity theft can impact you include:
- Hurting your career and job prospects
- Decreasing the speed of your tax refund
- Making your insurance for your vehicles rise exponentially
- Getting unexpected tax bills
- Incurring a criminal conviction
- Negatively affecting your credits for Social Security Income
- Destroying other opportunities for public or private financial aid
How to Take Precautions Against Identity Theft
Identity theft is not a crime you typically see coming. It occurs suddenly
and unexpectedly. Victims typically don’t find out about the theft
until the massive bills start arriving, at which point the use of their
identity has already had a severely negative impact on their credit report.
Therefore, the best way to prevent identity theft is by taking a proactive
course of detection and safeguarding.
You can proactively defend your identity by:
Shredding important receipts and documents with personal information, like social security numbers, credit card information,
or bank account numbers.
Don't openly discuss personal information about your finances in a place where you can be overheard, and do not send
sensitive information through email.
Don't open emails from strangers. Because the internet is such a dangerous hub for hackers, make sure you
avoid opening, reading, or downloading attachments and files from contacts
you do not know personally. Even an innocent looking email could have
malware that secretly gathers important information. To help protect your
computer, you should regularly update your device with a software that
builds antivirus walls.
How We Can Help
Once your identity has been stolen, you need the aid of a supportive consumer
protection attorney to get you back on track. Your credit report will
show you as having a poor credit score if there are outstanding, fraudulent
charges made by someone who stole your identity. When you notice suspicious
activity on your credit reports, we can help you put a fraud alert on
your report to make sure identity thieves cannot access it. Our St. Petersburg
identity theft lawyers can help you freeze your credit and remove fraudulent
information reported during the theft.
Contact us now at
(727) 877-3188 so that Boss Law can safeguard you from the damaging effects of identity theft.