If I was a victim of ID fraud because a school allowed someone to use my personal info to gain money from the government without my permission, can the school be held responsible?

Asked on November 11, 2014 under Personal Injury, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If the school either deliberately let the other person do it, knowing he or she would commit fraud, or if the school was negligent (unreasonably careless) in allowing someone else to have or access your personal information, then they could be liable (financially responsible) for any costs, losses, etc. you incurred. If the school itself was deceived or the information was stolen from them, however, so that they did not do anything wrong, they would not be liable; liability depends upon an intentional wrongful act or unreasoanble carelessness.

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