Identity Theft

 

Legal Information:

 

Information provided by the Federal Trade Commission:

 

Protecting Your Identity

"While identity theft can happen to anyone, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk." - Federal Trade Commission 

 

How to Keep Your Personal Information Safe

"Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. There are four main ways to do it: know who you share information with; store and dispose of your personal information securely, especially your Social Security number; ask questions before deciding to share your personal information; and maintain appropriate security on your computers and other electronic devices." - Federal Trade Commission 

 

Recovering From Identity Theft 

"Is someone using your personal information to open accounts, file taxes, or make purchases?"  - Federal Trade Commission 

 

Information provided by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security:

 

Identity Theft – What to do if it Happens to You

Steps to follow if you have been a victim of identity theft

 

 

Legal Advice:

 

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Find Representation:

 

Directory of Legal Aid Attorneys and Other Agencies by County

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Additional Resources:

 

http://www.aging.senate.gov/fraud-hotline

If you know an older person who has been victim of a scam or fraud, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has set up a toll-free hotline to help.

1-855-303-9470  It is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

 

 

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft - National Consumer Law Center

"Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. It can strike anyone, but elders may be particularly vulnerable. Identity thieves often target unsuspecting elders, luring them into giving out personal information. The scammers then use this information to steal the elder's identity and ruin a lifetime of positive credit references." - National Consumer Law Center 

 

 

Forms:

 

Standard Court Forms for all of Tennessee

 

 

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