Skip to comments.ID theft called No. 1 crime of millennium
Posted on 12/29/2001 12:11:22 AM PST by truthandlifeEdited on 05/07/2004 7:27:39 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
Dorothy O'Briant of Holmes County said she worked hard to establish credit, and then someone stole it by stealing her identity.
"It was like a slap in the face," O'Briant said Wednesday, recounting when she found out in June that someone had stolen her identity to charge at least $6,000 in merchandise to her.
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Although we closed the bank account immediately upon realizing this, stores continued to take checks for another 3 months. We still get calls from collection agencies trying to get us to pay for the bad checks and getting this cleared up is much harder than you might think. The stores/collection agencies have no interest or incentive to accept the fact that the check is fraudulent.
Sorry to have to be so rough, but brute force is the only thing respected in our society. If enough people do this, businesses will think twice about extending credit without proper controls.
A few days later the card company called said I was in Morroco and bought room and board plus gifts at the hotel shop. Came to $700.
So when I told the card company I had only used the card once in the last year and that was in PB, they tracked it back to the merchant, who I later found out, was dealing card numbers.
I have a few cards with low low limits that I use when travelling, and only travelling. Makes it real easy to finger the guilty.
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