i have recieved items at my doorstep with my name and the landlords address on it .. when i called the company that the items were ordered from to file a faud claim they told me to just mail the item back to the company and then they called the apartment manager to inform them that we had the item in our name that they had ordered .. the manager has begun to harrass us we have given them a 30 day notice and they are demanding that we pay them for the next couple of months what can we do we are on a month to month agreementohh yeah it was a correspondence with our name and address that was mailed to us that we never recieved
My colleagues are correct. First things first, file a report with your local police department.
You should also contact a local attorney to explore your legal rights and available remedies. A civil action against the identity thief may be an option worth exploring in your case. That said, actually collecting on a judgment against such an unsavory character may likely present its own set of challenges.
At this juncture, taking steps to curtail further negative consequences should be top priority. In addition to filing a police report, you should also complete an identity theft affidavit. For more guidance on steps you may take to protect your rights, visit http://www.ohioconsumerhelp.com/sub/id-theft.jsp. You may also obtain a Federal Trade Commission identity theft affidavit at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/resources/forms/affidavit.pdf.
Additionally, you should review your consumer credit reports to see if this false information is appearing. Inaccurate information can affect your access to favorable credit terms, employment, and even insurance. You may obtain a free copy of your credit reports from the three national credit bureaus at www.annualcreditreport.com once per year. I highly encourage consumers to make their request(s) for a free report by mail (NOT over the Internet, as there are often certain waivers you agree to when you check that infamous "agree to our terms" box that may preclude your right to recovery in the future).
If anything is appearing on your reports that is not attributable to you, I would encourage you to seek the assistance of an attorney familiar with the federal law applicable to credit reporting (the Fair Credit Reporting Act, or FCRA). For an attorney in your area, visit http://naca.net/find-attorney.
Many consumer advocates will consult with you without charge or obligation. This is the best first step in protecting your legal rights, and understanding the protections available to you under state and federal law. During your consultation, be sure to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of placing a fraud alert on your consumer file to protect against further harm to you and your good name.
Good luck to you!!
NOTE: This Answer does not constitute legal advice. Every case is fact specific. To render a legal opinion, an attorney must engage in a consultation with a prospective client and review any pertinent documents. This communication does not create an attorney-client relationship with Attorney Amy L. Wells or WELLS LAW OFFICE, INC.
Disclaimer: The materials provided below are informational and should not be relied upon as legal advice.
If you have good reason to believe an identity theft occurred, you need to report it to the law enforcement, your financial institutions, and possibly to credit reporting agencies. You may also need to file a civil action on that. Concerning 30-day notice, if you are a month-to-month tenant and you have been served with a 30-day notice, you need to find another location to move to. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.
Identity theft is typically a felony offense in almost every state in the US. Report your property manager's actions to local law enforcement. He might have committed an offense of criminal impersonation as well depending on his actions.
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