Identity Theft Solicitors in London

Updated on Tuesday 05th December 2023

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A stolen identity leads in most of the cases to unwanted consequences like no money left in a bank account or credit loans a person has no idea of. These are part of serious cyber crimes for which immediate legal advice can be offered by our team of identity theft solicitors in London. Victims of online frauds should get in touch with our criminal defence solicitors in London and ask for legal representation in front of the authorities. Also, offenders accused of such crimes have the right to a defence lawyer in London.

What is identity theft?

Identity theft is mostly used for personal financial gains by hackers or criminals who act on behalf of other individuals. In other words, a victim discovers that his/her private information (name, address, social security number, bank account, electronic signature, etc.) has been used by criminals to commit varied frauds, mostly related to money. Here is what you need to know about identity theft, a serious crime for which imprisonment is issued:
  1. There are cases in which identity theft cannot be detected by victims.
  2. Data breach occurs when personal information is vulnerable on the internet.
  3. Many victims get trapped by false emails soliciting different information.
  4. Credit card theft leads to empty bank accounts.
  5. Financial identity theft is used to gain varied services, goods or loans.
  6. Identity theft can also be used in cases of espionage, illegal immigration or phishing.
  7. Even information posted on social media can be vulnerable in such cases.
Our identity fraud lawyers in London can provide the needed legal advice for victims who discovered that their personal information has been illegally used for various financial gains. Also, if you have been accused of cyber crimes, it is important to have the support of a criminal lawyer in London right from the police station if you are kept in custody.

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6 signs of identity theft to watch out for

Unfortunately, identity theft is a method of fraud that occurs internationally. And even if many organizations fight against this type of crime, cases of identity theft take place every day, anywhere in the world. But certain signs can indicate that you can be a safe victim as soon as possible. Here are some of them:
  1. Mails that you no longer receive - You may discover one day that you no longer receive mail, although you know for sure that you have something important to receive. In this case, someone else might be accessing your email and thus have access to personal information. Our identity theft solicitors can provide legal advice in this matter.
  2. Benefit claims can be duplicated - If you have just received a refusal from the authorities regarding the benefit claim application, stating that you already enjoy this right, it is possible that someone else might use your name. These facts are extremely serious, and here we recommend that you contact our serious fraud solicitors in London.
  3. Missing documents - Identity theft can occur in various circumstances. It is enough to lose your documents, such as your ID card or your passport, to one day discover that someone has carried out certain activities on your behalf. In this case, do not hesitate to contact the police and our identity fraud lawyers for specialized legal advice.
  4. Letters from debt collectors – Our identity fraud lawyers in London have encountered many worrying cases, as well as this one. People who receive letters from debt collectors, although they have no credits or debts. It is possible that the criminals have made loans with the stolen identities and thus you might discover such letters announcing the debts you have to pay.
  5. Suspicious bank documents – If you regularly receive bank statements in the postal mail and notice at a certain moment that the financial information presented doesn't align with the information you know, you may be subject to identity theft. You clearly need to act and even talk to our fraud solicitors in London for guidance.
  6. Delivery that you did not make - Identity theft can be of many kinds. For example, you could wake up at the door with goods ordered and paid, although you did not do this. As such, someone has probably used your financial data, but without following the respective order, as it reached your personal address.

If you encounter such unpleasant situations, we recommend that you contact our identity theft solicitors in London for legal advice. Our  solicitor in London can tell you more about this matter and how you can be helped.

Here are some facts about identity fraud in the UK:
  • The first half of 2023 saw losses of over GBP 580 million due to internet fraud.
  • The biggest increase was recorded by the identity theft sector, with over GBP 33 million in thefts.
  • The latest data shows that in the first 6 months of 2023, an online scam occurred every 12 seconds.
  • Financial fraud is estimated to be over GBP 1 billion in the UK by the end of 2023.

How do I discover I’m a victim of identity theft?

The signs showing you are a victim of identity theft are quite clear and if you discover that your personal information has been compromised, it is best to talk to a criminal solicitor in London and contact the police. The following indicators should be attentively measured, especially if you think your private information has been breached:
  • The bank you work with can report suspicious credit card activity.
  • You can discover unwanted and unauthorized credit card payments.
  • You can find out that a loan has been granted on your behalf without your approval in this sense.
  • The local post office can inform you that all the letters and bills have been redirected.
  • Unauthorized withdrawals from your credit card have been detected.
If you discover the above-mentioned facts you should get in touch with the police and report the stolen identity, with the help of our identity fraud lawyers. On the other hand, those individuals who have been accused of cyber crimes like identity theft should know they have rights that can be explained by our criminal defence solicitors in London who can represent them in front of the authorities.

Protecting from being a victim of identity theft

Luckily, there are ways to protect against internet frauds involving identity theft and in most of cases, individuals are the ones who need to pay attention to the disclosure of their private information. It is important to avoid any suspicious emails asking for money or promising fortunes. These are also methods through which a person can find out their personal data has been used on the internet and the bank account breached. Utility bills, identification cards, passports, or credit cards found in stolen vehicles or simply stolen from the owners might be used for unauthorized payments. Securing personal information and paying attention to the safety methods available on the internet can be the answer to identity theft. Would you like to know more about how we can help you from a legal point of view? Please get in touch with our identity theft solicitors.

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You can contact our team of criminal solicitors in London and ask for complete legal assistance and guidance if you have been a victim of identity theft. Our identity theft lawyers have experience in this field and can successfully represent customers. On the other hand, you have at your disposal specialized support from our drug solicitors. Also, depending on certain aspects of eligibility, you can opt for free legal advice. Our legal aid solicitors in London can help you here.