Attorney for Fixing Bad Credit After Identity Theft in New York
Providing Experienced Legal Assistance in New York City
Identity theft is a serious crime in the State of New York. Unfortunately, not only do the financial well-being of victims suffer harm, but their credit is also negatively impacted by the offense.
If your identity has been stolen and you now have bad credit because of it, let the Law Office of Abel L. Pierre, Attorney at Law, P.C., help you restore your credit. We can thoroughly review your financial standing, reach out to the necessary parties on your behalf, file the paperwork, and help you obtain the most favorable outcome.
How to Improve Poor Credit After Identity Theft
As soon as you discover you are the victim of identity theft, the following are several steps you could take to protect your credit:
- Report the offense to the police – You must file a police report immediately and use a copy as evidence when dealing with credit bureaus. Additionally, you may file an ID theft complaint and affidavit form online with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
- Freeze your credit - You can either put a fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit accounts, preventing further access to your credit. A fraud alert signals to new potential lenders that further verification is required before opening new accounts. A freeze prevents all access to your report, and can be temporarily lifted if needed.
- Call credit bureaus – When you obtain copies of your credit reports to determine how the identity theft specifically harmed your credit, you need to review and pinpoint the accounts impacted by the crime. Then send a letter to the credit bureau, certified mail, explaining the identity theft in your own words
- Update your personal information – From changing the passwords to all of your bank accounts to applying for a new driver’s license and notifying the Social Security Administration, you need to update your personal information. Furthermore, routinely communicate with the police and credit bureaus for to make sure your credit score is accurate.
- Contact any companies with incorrect charges in your name - If you identify any fraudulent accounts in your name, and these haven't gone to collections, you can work with these companies. Since every company has a different process for handling fraud, it is important to reach out as soon as possible.
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