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New Hampshire Identity Theft Laws

To steal someone's identity is to use their personally identifying information -- typically a Social Security number, birthdate, and other information -- in order to open fraudulent bank accounts or commit other crimes under another's identity. Offenders often use computer technology to acquire stolen identities, but it also can be committed by digging through someone's garbage or stealing their mail. State identity theft laws vary a bit in classifications and penalties, but are similarly structured.

New Hampshire Identity Theft Law at a Glance

The following chart provides details about identity theft laws in New Hampshire, including the state definition of the crime and different ways it can be committed. See FindLaw's Identity Theft section to learn how to protect yourself and what to do once you're identity has been stolen.

Code Section N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§638:25 (2000) et seq.
Definition of 'Personal Identifying Information' Any name, number, or information that may be used, alone or in conjunction with any other information, to assume the identity of an individual, including any name, address, telephone number, driver's license number, social security number, employer or place of employment, employee identification number, mother's maiden name, demand deposit account number, savings account number, credit card number, debit card number, personal identification number, account number, or computer password identification.
What Constitutes Identity Fraud?
  • Posing as another person with the purpose to defraud in order to obtain money, credit, goods, services, or anything else of value;
  • Obtains or records personal identifying information about another person without the express authorization of such person, with the intent to pose as such person;
  • Obtains or records personal identifying information about a person without the express authorization of such person in order to assist another to pose as such person; or
  • Poses as another person, without the express authorization of such person, with the purpose of obtaining confidential information about such person that is not available to the general public.
Classification of Crime/Penalties Class A felony: 7 yrs., 6 months to 15 years in prison and up to $4,000 in fines.
Who May Prosecute -
Exemptions to Identity Theft Laws -
Civil Lawsuit Allowed? -
Civil Remedies Available Perpetrator shall be ordered to make restitution for economic losses sustained by victim. Any prosecuting authority.

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the enactment of newly signed legislation or other means. You should contact a New Hampshire consumer protection attorney or criminal defense attorney, or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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