Identity Theft Investigations
Put Your Life Back Together With Identity Theft Services
Identity theft can be detrimental and is to over 17 million Americans every year. This leads to billions in damages and countless headaches individuals must suffer to put their lives back together. Or, if you’re like some, you don’t even know where to begin to get your life and finances back on track.
At Desnoes Investigations, we’ve been handling identity theft investigations for decades. As such, we have extensive experience not only in resolving the criminal side of matters, but in getting you on the right track toward reaching a resolution to complications you face due to the theft.
So, What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft describes when someone uses your personal information – including your name, Social Security number, credit card numbers, or other information – without your permission. Often, individuals will use this information to open credit accounts, commit crimes, or engage in other illegal activities.
What Happens When Your Identity is Stolen?
If your identity is stolen, the process to resolving the crimes can be long and tedious. Unfortunately, you may spend months or even years of your life and your money to clean up the mess left behind by thieves before they’re caught. This can also severely impact your credit and can cause you to be refused for loans, education, housing, cars, or possibly lead to an arrest of a crime you aren’t responsible for.
Luckily, there are steps you can take after you find out your identity has been stolen or if you suspect it has been stolen to reduce some of these potential negative effects.
5 Steps You Should Take if Your Identity is Stolen
Contact the Three Major Credit Bureaus
Doing so will allow you to place a fraud alert on your credit file, forcing creditors to contact you before opening new accounts or making changes to existing accounts. If you notify one bureau, the other two will be automatically notified to place fraud alerts free of charge.
Close Fraudulent Accounts
If new accounts have been fraudulently opened, it’s important that you close them immediately. You may also want to close accounts you hold that were affected.
File a Police Report
A police report provides proof of the crime and will allow you to show creditors that a crime has in fact been committed.
File a Complaint With the FTC
The FTC maintains a comprehensive database of identity theft cases that law enforcement agencies turn to for investigative purposes.
Contact the Desnoes Investigations Team
It’s vital that you follow up with our team to begin an investigation to put your life together and resolve any remaining issues related to the crime.
If you’ve been the victim of identity theft or believe you might be, contact one of our investigators at 954-975-0210 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Being proactive and addressing the crime before it advances further is vital to protect your future both financially and otherwise.
We look forward to speaking with you!