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Watch For These Signs Of Identity Theft

Posted by Andrew Weiner | Sep 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to a recent study, more than 14.4 million consumers were victims of identity theft in 2018.  To put that into perspective, nearly 6% of U.S. adult consumers were victims of identity theft in 2018.  The impact to the lives of these consumers is difficult to quantify: damaged credit reports, lowered credit scores, lost money, lost time, loan denials, housing denials, lost jobs, harassment from debt collectors, and significant emotional distress. 

There are many warning signs of identity theft.  You should frequently check your credit reports for any suspicious activity.  Some of the warning signs of identity theft include:

    • Debts or accounts on your credit report that do not belong to you

    • Charges on your accounts that are unfamiliar

    • Inquiries that you do not recognize, and

    • Names or addresses on your credit report that do not belong to you. 

    • Withdrawals or charges from your bank account that you did not authorize

    • Charges on your billing statements for goods or services you did not purchase

    • Changes to the addresses on your accounts

    • Debt collectors contacting you about debts that do not belong to you

    • Notice from the IRS that one or mor tax returns have been filed in your name

    • Notice on your tax returns about income from an employer you never worked for

    • Medical bills for services you did not use or receive

    • Notice that your personal information was compromised by a data breach

If you see any of these issues on your credit reports or other correspondence, or if you have any questions or concerns about potential identity theft, please reach out to the attorneys at Weiner & Sand LLC.

About the Author

Andrew Weiner

Andrew Weiner has represented and counseled clients in numerous areas of employment law, including race, gender, national origin, age, and disability discrimination claims, wage and hour disputes, retaliation and harassment claims, Fair Credit Reporting Act (background report) claims, common law tort claims, the development and implementation of employment contracts, employee handbooks, personnel policies, reductions-in-force, independent contractor agreements and compliance with Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other federal, state and local employment statutes. Andrew also has negotiated severance agreements, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, and confidentiality agreements.

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