That's Not Me! Identity Theft and Tax Fraud in Florida - What To Do Next Part 2

South Florida taxpayers need to take action against identity theft and tax fraud. Identity thieves can steal thousands of dollars from unsuspecting victims, including you, without you even being aware of it for many months or even years. Generally, you do not find out that you are a victim until a long time after the damage has been done. To get started, all the thieves need is a small amount of information on you - your social security number, birth date, address, phone number, or similar information. If the thief can get one credit card in your name, they can use it to obtain further credit, ultimately adding to their credibility as you.

If, even despite your best efforts to protect yourself, you find that you are a victim of identity theft, the following steps should be followed immediately as you start out on the long journey of clearing your name and credit in the State of Florida.

First and foremost, it is imperative that you act quickly. It will be a long process and the sooner you start, the better it will be for you and your credit. Additionally, keep in mind that as you contact law enforcement officers, creditors, and financial institutions, it is very important to keep a detailed log of who you spoke with, when, and what, if any, action was taken.