New Self Help forms for Identity Theft

The Maryland Crime Victim's Resource Center (MCVRC) has developed some new tools for people faced with identity theft.  You can find some good material about identity theft on the People's Law Library, written by MCVRC staff, at http://www.peoples-law.org/node/3338.

In addition, MCVRC has created an online interactive interview for clients to help them prepare the documents needed to try to correct problems arising from identity theft, as described in the article on the People's Law Library above.

The directions from the article above specifically for using the interviews:

To use the interactive interview for responding to someone collecting a bill that is in your name, but a bill you did not authorize, you will need a copy of the bill in hand when you start the interview. 

You will also need to provide a copy of your proof of your identity. 

Click below to use the interactive interview for a Letter to a Creditor, directly collecting their own bill.  This might be a credit card statement you received that contains charges you didn’t make or authorize.  It can be any situation where your credit or identity was used without your permission.

Letter to Creditor

To use the interactive interview for responding to a company or law firm that is a Debt Collector, or collecting a bill that is in your name but you did not authorize, you will need a copy of their letter in hand when you start the interview. 

You will also need to provide a copy of your police report and proof of your identity, by copying these and putting them in the letter.  Click below to use the interactive interview for a Letter to Debt Collector.

Letter to Debt Collector


To use the interactive interview to create a letter to a Credit Bureau, seeking investigation and removal from your credit report of items that are the result of identity theft, you will need a copy of your credit report in hand when you start the interview. 

You can obtain a free copy of your credit report from each credit bureau here. You do not have to pay for a copy of your credit report.  One credit report from each company is available to you free each year.  You can get a copy of your credit report from Annual Credit Report.

You will mail the letter and attachment, a copy of your credit report with the incorrect items circled, a copy of the police report you made of the identity theft and proof of your identity with the letter. 

Click below to use the interactive interview for a Letter to a Credit Bureau.

Letter to Credit Bureau

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