Where do I report identity theft in Florida?

You can file a complaint with the FTC using the FTC’s online complaint form or by calling 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338).

What is the penalty for identity theft in Florida?

In most instances, a conviction for identity theft carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment, a fine and forfeiture of any personal property used or intended to be used to commit the crime.

How do I report identity theft to police in Florida?

If you are a victim of identity theft you should contact your local police department or sheriff’s office first to file a report. Under Florida’s identity theft law, the report may be filed in the location in which the offense occurred, or, the county in which you reside.

Can you sue for identity theft in Florida?

The law requires identity theft victims to mitigate their damages in a lawsuit. In other words, someone who suffered harm from identity theft or fraud must take reasonable steps to contain or minimize the damage.

Does identity theft ruin your life?

For example, someone who steals your identity can commit crimes in your name, which can directly harm your reputation and be stressful to fix. If you’re applying for a job and a criminal record pops up in your background check, it may affect not only your employment but also your feelings of self-worth.

How do I clear my name from identity theft?

CONTACT THE COURT. To clear arrest records due to identity theft, you must petition the court for a Judicial Finding of Factual Innocence and inquire about a petition to expunge your criminal record.

How do you check to see if your SSN is being used?

If you believe someone is using your Social Security number to work, get your tax refund, or other abuses involving taxes, contact the IRS online or call 1-800-908-4490. You can order free credit reports annually from the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion).

How can I check my identity theft for free?

You can get free copies of your credit reports from all three major credit bureaus through AnnualCreditReport.com. You can also check your credit report (and score) for free with Experian. Be careful using public Wi-Fi. Only use secure, trusted networks when banking, paying bills or doing online shopping.