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Chapter 5. CRIMINAL IDENTITY THEFT,TAXES... > What Should You Do If You Are the Vi...

What Should You Do If You Are the Victim of Criminal Identity Theft?

  1. Act as soon as you become aware of the problem. Hire a lawyer and contact the police and the District Attorney's office to straighten out the matter. File a report indicating that you are the victim of identity theft. It will be necessary for you to confirm your own identity through photographs and fingerprints. In addition, show your driver's license, passport, or any other identification that you might have that contains your photograph, to law enforcement authorities.

  2. Get a letter from the District Attorney explaining the situation to have available if you are ever stopped for a traffic violation and your record is checked. The state of Virgina has an Identity Theft Passport Program within the Virginia Attorney General's office. Through this program, anyone whose identity has been appropriated by someone who uses it in the commission of a crime can, upon proving their identity, receive an Identity Theft Passport from the Attorney General. The Identity Theft Passport protects them and confirms their true identity if there is a question about their criminal responsibility.

  3. Make sure your criminal record is expunged.

  4. Consider changing your name.

  5. Consider changing your Social Security number.


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