Identity Theft: Interactive Interviews
What is Identity Theft?
- make purchases,
- get credit cards
- rent an apartment or
- obtain utilities without your permission.
How Might It Impact Me?
What Can I Do?
Before You Begin:
Letter to Debt Collector
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.
Letter to Credit Bureau
Interactive Forms: Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Use This Program?
This program is designed for identity theft crime victims or advocates assisting them, who are representing themselves.
Why can’t I see the interview? I Keep Getting an Error Message: “There’s a problem. Could not find question. Unable to proceed.”
If Adobe Flash Player is not installed on your computer, you will get an error message at the beginning of your interview. Download it here: Adobe Flash Player. Scroll down and click “Install Now”. You do not need the free McAfee Security Scan Plus and should uncheck that box if you don't want to install it. You may need to restart your computer after installation.
Do I Need a Specific Browser to Access the Interactive Forms?
Make sure to use an updated, Flash-enabled browser such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Mozilla. You may want to check for the latest version of the browser by visiting their website.
What Should I Expect?
You will answer questions in an interview format and your answers will be used to fill in a letter that you can mail. Once you click the link to the form you need, you will be taken to our partnering site, LawHelp Interactive, to complete the interview for the interactive forms. At the end of the interview, you will “submit” your answers, wait for your documents to be assembled, and then download your documents for printing.
How Much Does It Cost?
There is no cost for using this program.
What Should I Know About Representing Myself?
The materials and assistance you receive from the interactive forms project are not a substitute for legal advice. The laws are complex. Following instructions and using the forms provided to you will not guarantee a favorable result. It is always advisable to talk to a lawyer about your problem before proceeding on your own if possible. You can review www.lawhelp.org for potential legal assistance.
How do I return to an interview that I didn't complete the first time?
Step one: Log in. If you didn’t register previously and save your answers, then this option is not available. You will have to complete the interview again.
Step two: Pick your saved answers. You will return to the interview, but your answers will be in the blanks, so you can click through them quickly, until you reach the unanswered questions. You can change your answers at this point. However, complete the options as you did the first time. (If the interview asks a yes or no question, answer it the same this time through.) If you are using a new template, you can select saved answers and the relevant information will be transferred from your prior use. You will know what was transferred, because it will be in the boxes of the interview. You will need to answer any questions that aren’t answered already.
How do I find the document I created with this online interview?
If you get to this point, seeing this screen, your documents have been prepared.
“Save your answers” just saves the answers, not the document. You can use those answers again, but have to go through the interview again. You just don’t have to re-enter the information. To actually see the document, you have to click the “Get Your Document” button. This isthenext screen and you press the Get Document button again. The file will open a box allowing you to select where you want to save the document. Save the document on your computer in a place of your choosing. You can then find where you saved the document, open it in Word, review, edit, and print it.