How Can I Prove That I Am A Victim Of Identity Theft?

It seems a bit strange that you may have to prove your identity after having it stolen doesn’t it?

If you think about it though it’s just common sense – banking and other financial institutions take this crime very seriously and have to cover all their bases, especially where fraud is concerned.

If you need to prove your identity then make sure you have as much documentation to hand as possible – driving licence, passport, bank cards, utility bills, etc.

Of course this assumes that they haven’t been stolen in the first place.

Once you can prove your own identity you can then move on to disproving your involvement in any fraudulent activity that has occured in your name, for example, by showing that a signature on a credit application is not yours.

By proving you have been a victim of identity theft you can then gain access to any financial activity that has been going on in your name.

Such evidence could prove invaluable to any police investigations.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Thank you for posting this information, as well as your other articles relating to identity theft. I think it’s also important to let victims of identity theft know that even after they’ve proven that an account is fraudulent, more work might be required to actually REMOVE that account from their credit history.

    When my identity was stolen two years ago, I was not told that merely alerting the company with whom the theft set up an account was not enough. It’s very important to dispute any accounts (especially collections accounts) that are not yours, with all three credit bureaus.

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