You could be wrongly sued because someone has stolen your identity and used it to purchase goods or services.
For example, someone steals your purse, gets your social security number and uses it to buy a car. Then, the auto dealer or a finance company sues you when the car payments are not paid. You must contest, or fight against, the lawsuit in the same way you would if you were just being sued by mistake.
Make sure you explain to the judge that even though your social security number was used, you never bought that car. For example, you could show the judge that the signature on the auto purchase contract is not yours.
If you had your purse or wallet stolen, and that is how someone learned your social security number, you should bring the police report you filed about the theft to court with you.
Learn more about identity theft.
Updated: August 2017