Taking Your Life Back After Credit Card FraudJuly 15, 2010
The phrase “It can happen to you” has become a popular warning associated with identity theft. However, until it actually does “happen to you,” the devastating results of credit card fraud can’t be fully imagined.
When the identity and purchasing power an individual may have worked an entire lifetime building and protecting is stolen, this invasion leaves many of its victims feeling helpless, angry and hurt.
When someone uses personal information to access bank or credit card accounts to make purchases, open up new accounts, commit fraud or other crimes, it can put an individual into a seemingly-endless labyrinth of credit card disputes, lengthy calls to merchants, banks, law enforcement and credit bureaus that can literally take years to emerge from.
The best way to fight back against identity crime and begin to recover good credit is by finding someone who specializes in credit card fraud. Hiring a credit card attorney with the experience of navigating all the financial institutions, law enforcement agencies and credit bureaus, as well as all the pitfalls commonly encountered during the recovery process from credit card fraud, will put someone squarely in the victims corner.
9.9 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2008 and a percentage of these frauds were perpetrated by someone who knew the victim.
Although currently there is no way to prevent identity theft, there are ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
Steps to take to reduce your risk:
- Be sure to place all personal information in your home in a secure place.
- Buy a shredder. They are inexpensive and highly effective.
- Never use birthdates, phone numbers or social security numbers for passwords or pin numbers.
- Make sure when giving personal information over the phone, mail or Internet the receiving entity is legitimate and has guaranteed security and privacy policies in place.
- Watch out for solicitors who sell information.
- Cut up credit cards before discarding.
- Use caution when opening e-mails.
- Delete personal information from computer hard drives before disposal.
- Be vigilant about reviewing bank statements.
- Watch your wallet or purse.
When looking for recovery from credit card fraud, Los Angeles firm Hornberger & Brewer is highly respected and considered one of the premier law firms in California.
Whether it is personal identity theft, a credit card dispute, credit card fraud or representation for businesses in the credit card processing industry, Hornberger & Brewer are the attorneys you will want in your corner.
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