Identity Theft is America’s fastest growing crime, according to FBI statistics. Identity theft and fraud that involves stolen identities is also the fastest-growing category of complaints according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which receives them. People injured by dangerous drugs or devices have also been victimized by identity theft. You would be wise to beware of identity theft in your drug case. This FDA Scam Letter was sent to some of our clients by someone calling himself Peter Williams. Please read it, but realize that any scam you see may vary. The person(s) pulling this FDA scam had the client’s social security number and knew what surgery she had had regarding her lawsuit and even the product used.
Identity theft is sometimes perpetrated by persons working under the color of authority. Some of our clients have reported receiving calls from people claiming to have money to deliver for a settlement. The client is then asked to give bank account, social security or other numbers in order to receive funds by deposit. Other clients have reported phone calls from people claiming to be FDA agents reviewing our client’s drug or device case. If you receive such a call, we strongly recommend you do not share any personal information. If possible, write down the name and phone number of the person calling, and let that person know you need to check with your lawyer before revealing any information.
The FTC estimates that some 9 million Americans are victimized by identity theft each year. Fraudfighter.com reports that this crime takes many forms. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, secure a credit card, or open a telephone account in another’s name. The victim might not find out about the theft until reviewing a credit report or a credit card statement. Sometimes the victim won’t notice until being contacted by a debt collector.
Identity theft can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars and many days repairing damage to the victim’s good name and credit record. People victimized by identity theft could even lose out on job opportunities or be denied loans due to negative credit reports. Identity theft victims could even be arrested for crimes they did not commit.
If you are a client of ours, please contact our offices immediately if you receive any phone calls you suspect could be part of an identity theft scam. Guard your personal information zealously to avoid becoming the next victim of identity theft.
Forewarned is forearmed!