If you ever had your identity stolen, you know how draining it is to prove your identity. While there are companies that are willing to help clear your identity- for a price of course – Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Identity Theft Unit, a division of the state police, is now available free for identity theft victims. This division is funded by a $97,000 yearlong federal grant.
Recently, an innocent woman whose identity was stolen by a known felon was pulled over for a minor speeding violation. The State Trooper identified her as the felon and she was handcuffed and taken to jail. After hours of denying that she was the woman who stole her identity, the State Trooper noticed that she didn’t have the tattoos of the known felon. He immediately referred her to the Identity Theft Unit.
The state of Colorado has been proactive in identity theft because the state leads the way in the most identity theft cases nationally. Colorado ranks in the top 10 for the number of ID theft victims with the city of Greeley, Colorado leading the nation among all cities. While catching criminals who steal identity has been moving forward, there were no victim advocates to help the victims through their ordeal. The cases are very complex and extensive.
Now with the CBI Identity Theft Unit, victims have someone to help them through their ordeal.