Oak Park, California (PRWEB) August 21, 2013
Consumer protection attorney Howard Silver is proud to announce the completion and release of What to Do If You’ve Been the Victim of I.D. Theft, a guide for victims of identity theft to use to resolve their situation.
The comprehensive reference guide provides readers with solutions to the various problems that arise from being the victim of identity theft. The content not only covers the protective and preventative measures victims can take to avoid further damage to their records and finances, but also addresses the secondary, yet just as important, issue of unlawful debt collection.
There is no charge for the PDF brochure and it can be downloaded at: http://www.caconsumeradvocate.com/id-theft-brochure/index.php
The Troubling Prevalence of Identity Theft
With the arrival of the digital age, identity theft has become much more widespread, yet harder to detect. Many victims do not realize they have been the target of an identity thief until long after the crime has been committed. Since the reporting of information is changing from the written word to data stored on computers, hackers are now able to covertly extract vital information such as PINs and Social Security numbers en masse from servers using sophisticated tech-based methods.
Victims can lose more than just money to identity theft. Their credit standing may suffer if large unpaid debts were incurred in their names and they may lose access to important loans. Also, a criminal may even use another’s identity when arrested. This can lead to victims being accused of crimes they did not commit.
It is clear that identity theft is not just a harmless “white-collar” crime. The impact on victims’ lives are extensive. What is especially worrisome is how endemic the crime really is. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in 2009, there were 42,209 reports of identity theft in California alone. It is safe to assume that there were many more instances of identity theft left unreported.
Protecting People from the Devastating Consequences of Identity Theft
Howard D. Silver focuses on areas of the law that protect regular American consumers from fraudulent crimes like identity theft. He has advocated on behalf of identity theft victims against creditors and unlawful debt collection practices by providing specialized legal guidance. Additionally, as laws change and new policies are introduced, he adapts and learns to maintain a high quality of legal representation. Howard D. Silver is dedicated to protecting the livelihoods of his clients and will continue to fight the injustices that impact the lives of everyday Americans.