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Seeking Victims in Identity Theft Investigation

Seeking Victims in Identity Theft Investigation

The FBI is seeking victims whose personally identifiable information (PII) may have been misused between September 2018 and the present.

This investigation relates to certain individuals who obtained the PII of numerous individuals through fraudulent means between September and December 2018 and between October and November 2019. The stolen information includes names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, and email addresses.

The individuals who perpetrated this scheme obtained PII from an online, subscription-only database by falsely stating that they needed the information for a legitimate purpose. They may have then sold the information and used it to open fraudulent bank and credit accounts.

If your PII was misused any time after September 2018, please complete this brief, voluntary questionnaire. It would be useful in the federal investigation and to identify you as a potential victim. Based on the responses provided, you may be contacted by the FBI and asked to provide additional information.

The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes that it investigates and provide these victims with information, assistance services, and resources.

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Questionnaire
1. Are you aware of any theft or misuse of your identity between September 2018 and the present? If you answered No, you do not need to continue with this form. If you answered Yes, please proceed to the next question.


2. Did you report this identity theft to police/law enforcement?


3. How was your identity misused? Select all that apply.
4. If your identity was used to make fraudulent purchases, provide the following information. If not, continue to question 5.
4b. Total amount of fraudulent purchases: Select the best representation.







4d. Have the charges been removed from your account?


5. If your identity was used to open fraudulent bank or credit accounts, provide the following information. If not, continue to question 6.
5a. Number of accounts opened:



5d. Did you report this incident to the financial institution?


6. If your identity was used to file fraudulent tax returns, provide the following information. If not, continue to question 7.
6a. Years of fraudulent tax returns: Select all that apply.
6b. Did the fraudulent tax returns result in a refund or credit paid by the IRS?


6c. Did you receive that refund or credit?


7. If your identity was used to apply for or obtain fraudulent government benefits, such as Social Security benefits, provide the following information. If not, continue to question 8:
11. What happened to you as a result of the theft and misuse of your PII? Select all that apply.
12. Do you have supporting documents you want to provide to the FBI? If yes, please provide as attachments any of the following documentation to CF7IDtheft@fbi.gov: Bank/ credit card statements showing the fraudulent transactions; fraudulent tax returns in your possession relating to this activity; relevant documentation relating to this incident; documentation including any relevant communications with the federal/state/local agency from which benefits were obtained. If you are uncomfortable disclosing your account number(s) or other personal information, please redact/erase that information.


Privacy Act Statement

The FBI is authorized to collect the information on this form by one or more of the following provisions: Title 28, United States Code, sections 533 and 534; Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations, section 0.85; and the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance. The information requested will assist the FBI in providing you with assistance to which crime victims are entitled under federal law. You do not have to provide the requested information; however, failure to do so may hinder the FBI in providing you with crime victim assistance. The information collected on this form is protected by the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, Title 5, United States Code section 552a, and is maintained in the FBI’s Central Records System, DOJ/FBI-002, a description of which was published in the Federal Register at 63 Fed. Reg. 8671 (Feb. 20, 1998) and which may be viewed a www.justice.gov/opcl/doj-systems-records#doj