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Identity Theft At An All-Time High in the U.S.


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 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 stolen identity 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. You may call our office 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.

Merger Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Charles G. Monnett III & Associates of Charlotte and Britton Law of Fayetteville are now part of Maginnis Howard. For more information on the merger, see this post. For more information on each location, visit the Our Firm tab in the navigation menu.

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