Ordering Medication from Online Pharmacy Leads to Identity Theft


March 1, 2006

I ordered medication from an on-line pharmacy. After I entered in all information including credit card number, the site went on to say that I would see the payment on my credit card under a name that had nothing to do with the site.

A Benefit of Ordering One's Free Credit Report Online Rather than by Phone


March 1, 2006

I have been ordering my credit report annually since my late teens because I do not trust my father to not open accounts behind my back and use my credit fraudulently. I always mailed in my request along with a check. Thus it was only this year, when I decided to leave the Pony Express behind and enter the web-connected age that I discovered, connecting through the annualcreditreport.com website, that there was already a login and password established for my credit report through Equifax.

In Light of Recent Data Breaches, a WA Resident Suggests Needed Legislative Reform to Protect Consumers


April 1, 2005

The recent Congressional hearings concerning identity theft have resulted in Congress' attention to force disclosures. This is only a grain of sand into the problem. Please consider my letter below related to this issue. I have already sent this letter to Senators, Representatives, our Governor and various news media to get more attention and emphasize our need for serious action - not watered down piecemeal action.

The Frustrations of an Identity Theft Victim


February 1, 2005

I have been away from the United States since the past 4 years. Recently, I wanted to sell my house in California and contacted several real estate agents to discuss with them a listing for the house. I was informed by these realtors that my house has been rented to individuals that I am not aware or have agreed to rent my house.

The Frustrations of an Identity Theft Victim


December 1, 2004

I have had to deal with Identity theft since 1993. I never expected that I had to check my credit report on a regular basis. I never guessed what happened to me was "Identity Theft," until years later. I found out how hard it was to file a complaint to the police department.

Cell Phones and Student Loans and Civil Judgements, Oh My!


September 1, 2004

I recently discovered that I have been a victim of ID theft for quite some time. The person has been using different permutations of my name and has several civil judgements against me, several cell phone debts, a student loan, and numerous leases that he has skipped out on.

An Identity Theft Victim's 17 y.o. Perpetrator Facing Judgement


July 1, 2004

I am a recent victim of identity theft. A Sprint Cellular bill appeared at my home. A 17 year old from Maryland was able to obtain a Sprint phone and access number from another criminal. He randomly entered my Social Security number and was able to open an account. I was told by the Sprint Fraud person "why are you worried? Someone took me for $70,000, yours is only $230.00.

Keys Takens, Car Stolen, Later Found with 50 SSNs


May 1, 2004

3 men were in my house at which time I noticed, after the men left, that my entire key chain was missing. Two days later, my car was stolen and later located in Glendale, Arizona and is now stored at a facility in Phoenix. There was a crack pipe and 50 social security numbers and a catalog of many credit card scores and credit card numbers in my car when I begged someone to check for any of my personal items.

Don't Assume the Change-of-Address Form Works: Advice from an Identity Theft Victim


December 1, 2002

I moved apartments and put in my change of address card with the US Post Office branch nearest me. Unfortunately, they did not forward my mail to my new apartment. So when my mail was dropped at my old location, the people that lived there just left it out in a common area that anyone walking by could take. Because of that, someone took all personal mail from my bank (including statements) and credit card applications and filled them out and sent them in my name.

The Military ID Was too Easy to Get: System Failures Aided the Thief


July 1, 2002

With that ID and my good credit history, he was able to buy cars, motorcycles, open credit card accounts, checking accounts, and get credit at virtually every department store that offers credit. I never came in contact with him, I didn't lose a credit card, and I wasn't careless with my social security number. The accounts he opened had no relationship to any of my accounts.

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