New York AG launches website to report fake comments

NEW YORK - New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman  has launched a website so you can check if your identity was used without your permission during the FCC's public comment period on net neutrality.

The AG's office says it has been investigating for six months, and found tens of thousands of comments were made, that misused the names and addresses of New Yorkers.

"Everyone should be concerned about potential corruption of the federal policy making process," said Schneiderman.

"The FCC is refusing to help us-or anyone else-conduct a serious investigation, so we're asking New Yorkers to help us get to the bottom of what happened. New Yorkers deserve a fair and transparent process - not only here where the future of their internet access hangs in the balance, but in every case where the government is considering a policy that affects Americans' daily lives," Schneiderman continued.

You can check to see if someone misused your identity here.

Search for comments that may have misused your identity:

  • Locate the "Search Full Text" field at the top of the search form and enter your first and last name (no initial). (The search page does not allow you to use the "Name of Filer" field to search on your first and last name, so make sure you use the "Search Full Text" field.)
  • Click the "Search" button at the bottom of the web page.
  • If results appear, click on any comment that uses your name, and when the comment appears review the name, the address, and the comment text. (If no results appear, your identity most likely was not misused.)
  • If any comment you review uses your name in combination with your current or past address without your permission, locate the ID number on the upper left of the comment page and fill out the form.

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