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Identity Theft is a Theft Crime

November 9th, 2016 at 11:46 am

identity theft, Rolling Meadows Criminal Defense AttorneyCommitting Identity Theft

When most people think of identity theft they think of cyber hacking. However, identity theft is not just a crime that is committed by high-tech cyber thieves. Identity theft can occur when a person uses another individual’s personal identification information, such as one’s name, Social Security number, driver’s license, passport, credit card number, or other financial information, without permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

Moreover, identity theft can be committed by stealing an individual’s mail and then completing credit card applications in the name of the victim. An identity thief may even open a new bank or a credit card account in a victim’s name or may change the mailing address of a victim’s existing account so he or she can use the account without the victim’s knowledge. When a thief uses an account without paying the bills, the delinquent accounts are noted on a victim’s credit report.

Additionally, there are many high-tech ways to commit identity theft. For instance, it is very common for an identity thief to hack into a victim’s email account or other online account to gain access to personal identifying information, which can be used for financial gain as well. It is also possible to purchase the personal identifying information of victims online through nefarious websites.

Potential Identify Theft Defenses

Identity theft is a serious criminal charge. It is a felony offense that carries lengthy jail time and substantial fines. Due to the seriousness of the consequences of being convicted for identity theft, it is important that, if you have been charged with identity theft, you fight the charges that are pressed against you. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you identify any potential defenses that you might have when you are charged with identity theft.

Accused of Being an Identity Thief? Get a Lawyer

Identity theft is a felony. Therefore, if you have been accused of identity theft, it is essential that you contact an experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and your options. Please call 847-394-3200 to schedule your consultation today.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072000050K16-30

http://www.ncsl.org/research/financial-services-and-commerce/identity-theft-state-statutes.aspx

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/idtheft.html

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November 9th, 2016 at 11:46 am

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