The senior community often falls victim to identity theft. As a result of this, you will want a dedicated California senior identity theft lawyer to represent you if your loved one has faced financial deceit or exploitation. Our legal team has substantial experience managing cases of identity theft involving seniors and individuals of all ages, and we are prepared to put that experience to work for you.
How does senior identity theft in California occur?
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the elderly community to be financially manipulated. Below are some of the most common types of senior identity theft that our firm has witnessed:
- Glancing over the shoulder of elderly persons as they input credit card/PIN numbers, Social Security numbers, or other important information.
- Fraudulent phone calls or emails are created to trick people into clicking certain links or handing over specific confidential information, such as credit card info, Social Security info, or even directly wiring money over to scammers.
- Committing acts of credit card fraud, hoping the individual won’t check their statements routinely.
Scammers and other criminals will occasionally even go to extremes of digging through the trash, in hopes of finding valuable personal information that was not shredded or correctly thrown away. Even though there are many preventative steps seniors and others can take to avoid being scammed or frauded, such as destroying documents containing sensitive information, keeping secure passwords, regularly and thoroughly checking account statements, familiarizing themselves with a fraudulent phone call/email scams, and more, anyone can still be a victim of theft. It is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today if you or a loved one has encountered identity theft.
What should I do if my identity was stolen?
There are a number of measures you will want to take if your identity was stolen. First, you will want to take if you have fallen victim to identity theft is to consult with the creditor with whom the account was opened or defrauded. Once you have done that then report the fraud to Experian, TransUnion, or Equifax. After that, you should inform the FTC of the fraudulent activity and work to secure your personal information. You should also speak with a skilled California senior identity theft lawyer who can help you make your legal choices moving forward. In many cases, when creditors or banks forget to investigate these allegations of fraud, our firm can hold them civilly responsible for their actions and seek compensation on our client’s behalf.
Contact a California Consumer Lawyer
If you are facing any sort of consumer-related issue, such as one involving identity theft, or a credit report dispute, or you need a debt collection defense attorney to fight for you, our firm is ready to help. Contact Loker Law, APC today to schedule your initial consultation with our experienced legal team.