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Identity Theft At An All-Time High in the U.S. – North Carolina Identity Theft Attorneys

Did you know that in 2016, the rate of identity theft in the United States was at an all-time high? A new report indicates that over 15 million consumers in 2016 suffered some degree of identity theft.

This identity theft fraud included:

  • Card not present fraud used for online transactions up 40%
  • Opening of new account fraud up 20%
  • Cell phone account takeover has doubled.
  • There has also been a huge increase in medical identity theft in the past few years.

If you are a victim of identity theft, you may be receiving calls or collection letters from creditors about debts that are not yours.  You may see a large drop in your credit score from a debt that is not yours.  A background check or employment investigation may have criminal information or eviction information that is not yours. This is not just about someone opening up a Netflix account in your name; the drop in your credit score stemming from identity theft can cost you and your family an opportunity to utilize the credit market to buy a house or a car. Incorrect information on your background checks might cost you a job opportunity or an apartment.  This is very serious stuff.

If you believe you might be a victim of identity theft and it is costing you financially, contact our consumer protection lawyers at Maginnis Law. We can be reached at 919.526.0450,, or you can submit an inquiry on our contact page. Our consumer protection lawyers have experience in dealing with identity theft issues and their impact on your financial well-being. We take consumer protection cases on a contingency basis, meaning there is absolutely no charge to you unless we recover some compensation for financial losses. Contact our firm for a free consultation. We take cases all over North Carolina and would love to help you in dealing with your issues.