A formal sworn statement used by the Affiant, whose identity was stolen, to explain the situation to creditors, financial institutions, judges, law enforcement, is called an Affidavit of Identity Theft.
A formal sworn statement used by the Affiant, whose identity was stolen, to explain the situation to creditors, financial institutions, judges, law enforcement, is called an Affidavit of Identity Theft. This document can help to stop unauthorized accounts from being opened, challenge fraudulent charges on existing accounts, and assist law enforcement in tracking down the person responsible for the theft.
When a person's identity has been stolen and used by the thief for tax fraud, the Reporter can also send a Notification of Fraudulent Tax Filing to the IRS so they can handle any fallout or tax consequences.
You fill out a form. The document is created before your eyes as you respond to the questions.
At the end, you receive it in Word and PDF formats. You can modify it and reuse it.
The Affidavit is composed of five major sections:
1. Victim Information: This section holds the victim's identifying information, such as their name, date of birth, social security number, and address.
2. Description of Identity Theft: This section covers the details about how the theft happened, whether the Affiant received any benefits as a result of the theft, and any information the Affiant may have about the person they believe to be responsible for the theft.
3. Law Enforcement Actions: This section explains what the Affiant is willing to do to assist in an investigation of the theft by law enforcement as well as outlining the law enforcement actions that have already taken place regarding the theft.
4. Supporting Documentation: This section outlines any documents that the Affiant will include with the Affidavit that will prove the theft took place.
5. Signature and Notarization Page: This section is where the Affiant signs the document and has it notarized by a Notary Public who signs and stamps the document, attesting that they witnessed the signature.
A completed document should be signed, notarized, and given to creditors, judges, and law enforcement.
No laws are outlining what must be put into an Affidavit of Identity Theft. There are, however, some generally accepted practices for creating such documents, including making sure the information is robust enough to be persuasive to an authority that the Affiant has accurate knowledge about the theft and that what they are saying is true.