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Identity Theft: Introduction

Introduction

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 New Hampshire information, start with the Identify theft website of the NH Attorney General under Read About. The website provides a step-by-step guide to recovery.

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. 

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

Disclaimer

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.