Identity Theft Frequently Asked Questions
Authored By: Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. - Hillsborough/Tampa
What is ID Theft?
What should you do if you believe you are a victim of ID theft?
- Report the theft to the police. Ask for a police report. Florida law (FL Statutes Sec. 817.568 (17) and (18)) allows a victim of ID Theft to use the county where he/she resides as the location where the victim failed to give consent.
- Report the incident to the agency where the incident took place.
- Report the incident to the three major credit bureaus. Provide a copy of the police
- Report the incident to your bank.
- Report the incident to Department of Highway Safety and Motor by calling 1-
Where can I get help?
- You can call the Florida Senior Legal Helpline, 1-888/895-7873, for free legal advice.
- You can call the Florida Attorney General’s office, 1-866/966-7226, for their free Identity Theft Victim Kit that includes contact information for the three major credit bureaus and other valuable resources. Their web address ismyfloridalegal.com.
- You can call the toll-free hotline for the Federal Trade Commission, 1-877/IDTHEFT, which has a central database of ID theft complaints that is accessed by law enforcement when they investigate ID theft complaints. Their web address is ftc.gov.
Updated: May 5, 2017