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I accidentally mistyped two numbers in the last four digits

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Hi, I accidentally mistyped two numbers in the last four digits of my debit card. I have contacted the businesses to let them know to cancel the orders and such. I have also contacted the bloc AL police department to get advise on what to do in this situation; I am aware this a form of identity theift, but I did not mean to do it. It was an honest mistake, and I am just wondering what the process would be?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 9 months ago.

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I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

I hope to put your mind at ease. I have no idea why the police suggested that you committed a crime when you clearly did not. Under Kansas law in order to commit the crime of Identity theft you must do the action intentionally. It is not a crime that can be committed by accident. Here is a link to the law where you can see the language:

http://kslegislature.org/li_2012/b2011_12/statute/021_000_0000_chapter/021_061_0000_article/021_061_0007_section/021_061_0007_k/

You can see in the first sentence that acts must be taken: "with the intent to defraud that person, or any one else, in order to receive any benefit." More so, law enforcement must prove the intent. You do not have to prove it was an accident. Given that you took immediate steps to rectify the error clearly there is no crime in your description of the events.

So please do not worry about that part of your situation.

As far as fixing the situation, you already did when you notified the businesses of the error.

Rest assured that you have done everything right and there will be no negative consequences for you. Now that the businesses are aware and have cancelled the orders there is nothing further you must do. Please do not worry any further about this.

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Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 9 months ago.

Please let me know if you have any follow up questions or concerns. I want to make sure that you are fully confident that you have nothing to worry about.

Kind regards,

Gerald

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