Report Identity Theft in Ohio Using DoNotPay
Identity theft or identity fraud occurs when an unauthorized party obtains and uses your data in ways that involve deception, mainly for economic gain. With your data, the fraudsters can apply for medical services, file taxes, or apply for credit.
Identity theft can negatively affect your credit status, and it may take time and money to restore your good name. Therefore, if you suspect that you are a victim of identity theft, you should quickly report the issue to the government agencies involved in investigating and prosecuting identity theft crimes.
Filing a report with these agencies is challenging, costly, and time-consuming, especially if you are not familiar with the following procedures. With this, DoNotPay has created the Identity Theft product that enables you to file any identity theft quickly. This blog will cover everything you need to know about identity theft in Ohio and how you can use our products to report a crime.
Signs That You May Be a Victim of Identity Theft
The most common types of identity theft include:
- Tax-related identity theft
- Data breach
- Employment-related identity theft
You might be a victim of identity theft if:
- You receive a letter from the IRS about a suspicious tax return
- You receive a notification from the IRS that an account has been registered using your details
- You receive an Employer Identification Number that you have not requested
- You receive debt collection calls for accounts that you did not register
- You notice incorrect information on your credit report
- Your credit application is denied, and yet you have a good credit score
- You see unfamiliar charges or transactions on your credit card
- You receive strange bills
- You see that your tax returns have been filed
- You miss regular mail or email from your bank or credit card company
What to Do if Your Identity Is Stolen
If your identity is stolen, you can report the issues to the local police or the following major government agencies:
- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Despite the presence of these federal agencies, most of the identity theft crimes in Ohio are prosecuted by state and local agencies following the state laws. Possible charges of identity fraud include misuse of identification, fraud, and theft by deception.
How to File a Police Report for Identity Theft in Ohio
You might file a police report for identity theft in Ohio if the fraudster was involved in a police encounter such as a traffic citation or an arrest. Also, in most cases, banks, debt collectors, or creditors may demand a police report if you claim that your data has been compromised.
Below are the steps to follow while filing a police report for identity theft in Ohio:
- Get your copy of identity theft from the FTC. You can visit the FTC identity theft portal to create a report for identity theft.
- Provide the police with a photo ID such as a U.S. passport, U.S military card, foreign passport, and a driver's license
- Submit proof of address which includes utility statement or bank statements
- Provide evidence of identity theft. This includes IRS notices, credit card statements, and collection notices.
How to Report Identity Theft to the IRS
The IRS recommends you take the following actions if you are a victim of identity theft.
Actions to Take if You Are a Victim of Tax-Related Identity Theft
- Reply or respond immediately to any letter or notice from the IRS indicating that your Social Security number is compromised.
- If your tax returns have been illegally filed, complete Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit from the IRS.
- Visit the FTC website to get a recovery plan.
Actions to Take if You Are a Victim of a Data Breach
If your computer has been hacked and your data has been used to commit fraud, you should submit Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, to the IRS.
Actions to Take if You Are a Victim of Employment-Related Identity Theft
According to the IRS, if you are a victim of employment-related identity theft, you should immediately contact the three credit reporting companies- Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. After filing a report with these companies, you should also file a complaint with the FTC.
How to Report Identity Theft to the FTC
- Visit FTC’s official website.
- Click 'Get started.'
- Give details about your case, including the type of identity fraud that you are reporting and documents used to commit the fraud.
- The agency will then use the information that you have provided to create a personal recovery plan.
- Create an account with the FTC to monitor the progress of your case
Reporting identity theft with the above government agencies involves a lengthy procedure that takes your time and your money. Luckily, you can use DoNotPay to report any identity fraud case seamlessly. Our Identity Theft product allows you to:
- Quickly contact the IRS or FTC
- File a police report
- Contact credit bureaus on your behalf to set up fraud alerts
- Notify state agencies about unemployment insurance fraud
Below are the steps to follow when filing an identity theft report with DoNotPay.
How to Report Identity Theft in Ohio Using DoNotPay
- Search "identity theft" on DoNotPay and select the type of incident you would like to report.
- Tell us more about the incident that occurred, including the location, date, time, financial loss, and any suspect information you may have.
- We'll identify whether you should file an FTC report, contact the IRS, freeze your credit report, contact state agencies, or file a police report. Once we guide you through the best options, we'll automatically submit the reports on your behalf.
And that's it. DoNotPay will submit your relevant documents to the right place. If the contacts need more information, they will reach out to you personally via email or mail.
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