Identity fraud in Florida is a white-collar crime that involves theft of a person’s identity. The offenders use the personal data to open credit accounts, rent or buy property, or qualify for loans they couldn’t get otherwise. The following are several different types of identity theft.
Account fraud involves hacking a person’s account to use for fraudulent purchases or payments. The offender might gather sensitive data from scouring trash for loan or credit offers or looking on social media to create synthetic IDs. The victim may not notice anything wrong at first if the offender only takes small amounts of money. The scammer may also use this information to commit mortgage fraud or steal house titles.
Tax ID theft
Individuals who commit tax theft commonly use a person’s Social Security number or employment ID number to file taxes. A person may not know they have been a victim of ID tax fraud or ID theft until they suddenly can’t file taxes. Offenders commonly commit tax ID fraud by posing as the IRS to get Social Security numbers or sending a phishing email.
Medical ID theft
Medical ID theft occurs when offenders access a victim’s information to use for medical services and pose as the victim. The victim receives bills for services or medications they never purchased. If the offender gets insurance in the victim’s name, the false record could risk the real patient not getting the needed treatment.
ID theft consequences
Sometimes, a person can accidentally commit ID theft without knowing it. For example, someone may let another person open an account with their good credit score. Even if they had permission, it is still considered ID theft by the court.
Getting accused of ID theft can have serious consequences if the defendant is convicted. Penalties can include fines up to $5,000 and anywhere from six months to 20 years in jail. This is why it’s important for defendants to be supported by an experienced legal team.