[Novalug] Totally OT: Identify Theft
John B. Holmblad
jholmblad at aol.com
Mon Jul 14 21:47:02 EDT 2008
our oldest daughter went through this a few months ago. To her credit
she "dotted the i's and crossed the t's" in accordance with the advice
given by the FTC www site including contacting law enforcement and
thereby seems to have survived the ordeal with her credit record in good
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Jay Hart wrote:
> I was made aware this evening that I have been a victim of identity theft.
> Someone(s) opened an account at Best Buy using all my identification,
> including my SSN, and rang up $15,000 worth of stuff. Basically walked in,
> opened account, bought $15K of stuff, loaded it up, and off they went.
> I found out about it when the account information arrived at my house, along
> with the new Best Buy Store credit account card. I received two separate items
> in the mail, had they not arrived same day, I might have shredded both.
> I've called the credit reporting agencies, the FTC, my bank, and a Maryland
> Private Investigator. Tomorrow I plan to take a little trip to the store to
> see what I can learn, maybe get the PI to help me out.
> If you have been the victim of identity theft, what other stuff should I know,
> and what kinds of problems did you encounter that would be good stuff to know?
> I'm hoping the store is going to want to work with me since they are out $15K
> of stuff. The FTC uses your data to search for patterns, so I figure they
> will not be of much help to me. Equifax will help me out, by putting blocks
> on my account, but most of their services will cost me money. My best shot is
> either video footage at the store, and/or fingerprints on the credit
> Jay Hart
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