Identity Theft

In the course of a busy day, you may write a check at the grocery store, charge tickets to a ball game, rent a car, mail your tax returns, change service providers for your cell phone, or apply for a credit card. Chances are you don't give these everyday transactions a second thought. But an identity thief does.

Identity theft is a serious crime. In
Wisconsin it is punishable by 6 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine or both, per incident.

People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years - and thousands of dollars - cleaning up the mess the thieves have made of a good name and credit record. In the meantime, victims of identity theft may lose job opportunities, be refused loans for education, housing, or cars, and even get arrested for crimes they didn't commit. Humiliation, anger, and frustration are among the feelings victims experience as they navigate the process of rescuing their identity.

Here in
Franklin we are seeing a steadily increasing reporting of Identity Theft and we have devised tips and strategies for you to use to avoid victimization and to correct the problems stemming from Identity Theft if you are victimized.

Working with other government agencies and organizations, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has produced an excellent booklet to help you remedy the effects of an identity theft. It describes what steps to take, your legal rights, how to handle specific problems you may encounter on the way to clearing your name, and what to watch for in the future.

You can download the free FTC booklet entitled, "TAKE CHARGE: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft".  It is a 52-page booklet in pdf format.

For more information, or to have your questions answered, contact:

Franklin Police Department
Phone: 414-425-2522
 


Related Links

"TAKE CHARGE: Fighting Back
Against Identity Theft"
(Free 52-Page Booklet)