NH Law About... Identity Theft

Introduction to... Identity Theft

Posted on August 21, 2015. 

New Hampshire has a law specifically titled "Identity Theft" (RSA 359-I) but identity theft or fraud may also involve violations of several federal and state civil and criminal laws. For information on federal law, see the For More Help … section below. For New Hampshire information, start with the Identify theft website of the NH Attorney General. The website provides a step-by-step guide to recovery.

There are many titles in library catalogs about identity theft. Be sure to choose the most recent so that you have the most up-to-date information.

RSA 359-I provides that in addition to any other remedies provided by law, a victim of identity theft may bring a civil action against the perpetrator to recover $5,000 for each incident or 3 times the actual damages, whichever is greater as well as reasonable attorney's fees and court costs. For court forms, and information on small claims and superior court processes, follow the court links below.

RSA 638 covers many fraudulent practices including Identity Fraud (RSA 638:26) which is a class A felony and requires restitution for economic losses.

Please remember that this guide is for information purposes only and is not comprehensive. It is intended as a starting point for research, to illustrate the various sources of the law, and to provide guidance in their use. NH Law About ... is not a substitute for the services of an attorney.


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WEBSITES

Circuit Court. District Division. Small Claims (e-filing)  GO>

Link verified on: December 16, 2016

Superior Court. Call Center  GO>

Link verified on: August 21, 2015

New Hampshire. Dept. of Justice. Identity Theft

Link verified on: March 2, 2016

A guide for victims of identity theft: detailing what to do and who to contact.   GO>

New Hampshire. Dept. of Justice. Credit Freeze FAQ  GO>

Link verified on: March 2, 2016


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Fair credit reporting / contributing authors, Chi Chi Wu ; contributing authors, Elizabeth De Armond [and six others]. Boston, MA : National Consumer Law Center, [2013]

Scope: consumer reports and consumer reporting agencies -- Obtaining and examining a report of the consumer's file -- Accuracy and reinvestigation obligations of consumer reporting agencies -- Restrictions on information in consumer reports -- Activities and duties of furnishers of information to consumer reporting agencies -- Permissible releases and uses of consumer reports -- Notices concerning consumer reports -- Identity theft: FCRA and other protections -- Claims for consumer reporting disputes: availability, private enforcement, state claims, and preemption -- Private remedies and public enforcement -- What consumers should know about consumer reporting -- Investigative consumer reports -- Credit scoring -- Credit repair legislation -- Privacy protection.   GO>

Link verified on: July 31, 2015

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NEW HAMPSHIRE STATUTES

RSA 179:62. Manufacture, Sale, and Possession of False Identification  GO>

Link verified on: August 21, 2015

RSA 263:40-a. Drivers' Licenses. Social Security Numbers; Addresses; Applica-tion Form Options  GO>

Link verified on: July 31, 2015

RSA 275:4-b. Misuse of Social Security Numbers  GO>

Link verified on: July 31, 2015

RSA 359-B. Consumer Credit Reporting  GO>

Link verified on: July 31, 2015

RSA 359-H. Computer Spyware  GO>

Link verified on: July 31, 2015

RSA 359-I. Identity Theft  GO>

Link verified on: July 31, 2015

RSA 478:4-b, 4-c. Registry of Deeds. Records; Social Security Numbers and Financial Information  GO>

Link verified on: July 31, 2015

RSA 638. Fraud  GO>

Link verified on: July 31, 2015

Find it in a Library ... New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated

Link verified on: February 22, 2017

Find the New Hampshire statutes in print at libraries throughout the state.   GO>

Learn About New Hampshire Statutes: New Hampshire statutes are the laws of the State of New Hampshire as enacted by the New Hampshire General Court. GO>
 

FOR MORE HELP ...

Federal Trade Commission. Medical Identity Theft  GO>

Link verified on: August 21, 2015

Federal Trade Commission. Warning Signs of Identity Theft  GO>

Link verified on: August 21, 2015

Identitytheft.gov

Link verified on: August 21, 2015

The site provides streamlined checklists and sample letters to guide you through the recovery process.   GO>

United States. Dept. of Justice. Identity Theft  GO>

Link verified on: August 21, 2015

United States. Internal Revenue Service. Identity Protection: Prevention, Detec-tion and Victim Assistance  GO>

Link verified on: August 21, 2015

United States. Social Security Administration. Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number  GO>

Link verified on: August 21, 2015


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