Identity theft is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. A recent study found that 15.4 million Americans (over 6% of US consumers) were victims of identity fraud in 2016 costing them approximately $16 billion in stolen money and goods. The FBI even warns us that identity theft can pose a serious threat to national security.
Why Start an Identity Theft Investigation?
Identity theft can be disruptive and devastating. Stolen information can be used to clean out bank accounts, apply for unauthorized loans, and illicit credit cards that leave the victim with bills, and much more. The resulting financial damages and time spent dealing with credit bureaus and banks can take a toll for years to come.
Immediate action is critical if you think you may be the victim of identity theft. There are some things you can do on your own, but to catch identity thieves and reverse the financial damage, professional help goes a long way. Trustify can connect you with a highly-skilled and experienced investigator who will act quickly to stop your identity theft threat.
What is an Identity Theft Investigation?
The purpose of an identity theft investigation is to identify the perpetrator of the theft, find and report all instances where the client’s identity has been misused, and to report each incident to the relevant authority and otherwise take steps to restore the integrity of the client’s identity and stop future uses of their information.
Starting an Identity Theft Investigation
Starting an identity theft investigation with Trustify is simple and stress free. Here’s how it works:
1. Request a Consultation: Submit your case online or by phone to schedule your consultation. We'll ask for the details we need to get your case matched with an investigator and provide a cost estimate for your case.
2. Consult With a Private Investigator: A licensed private investigator will contact you to talk to you about the purpose and goals of the investigation, and to collect any relevant information about your case. They'll ask you questions like:
- What made you first suspect the identity fraud or theft?
- Do you have any suspicions regarding who perpetrated the theft?
- Do you have any suspicions of how the perpetrator(s) were able to obtain your personal information/data?
- Have you notified the banks, creditors, or other companies, customer service representatives or investigators regarding your identity fraud/theft?
- Have you notified law enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission, or any other legal/governmental authorities of the fraud/theft?
- Have you obtained an attorney regarding this matter?
3. Investigation in Progress: Methods typically employed by investigators in identity theft cases include:
- The use of sophisticated software tools and proprietary databases to locate all incidents of identity theft and identify the perpetrators.
- Notifying and collaborating with all appropriate law enforcement and public agencies, creditors, banks and other financial institutions to stop further incidents of theft and fraud and resolve debt and damages issues.
- Physical surveillance to catch the thieves in the act.
4. Case Updates & Final Report: Investigators in Trustify’s network will keep you apprised of all developments in real-time. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, a full written report will be provided along with any court-admissible evidence. In addition, your private investigator may be available to testify on your behalf in court, if necessary and agreed-upon before the start of the investigation.
What Investigators Will Not Do
Investigators will not violate either the law or any professional ethical standard while conducting an identity theft investigation.