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

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

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.

Verbal Testimony by Michelle Brown

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

My name is Michelle Brown. I am 29 years old and have been working in the disciplined field of international banking for the last 7 years. I am an ambitious and hard-working individual; I'm certain that I am much like any of your cousins, your nieces, your daughters. I believe that I strongly represent any average, respectable citizen of the United States. However, there is one clear-cut issue that separates me from nearly the rest of the population: I have lived and breathed the nightmare of identity theft.

Identity Theft: Cases from the PRC Log Files

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

Cheryl and her 7-year-old daughter went to the bank to open a checking account for the daughter. The bank told Cheryl her daughter had a bad credit report. Someone had been using the child's Social Security number to open credit accounts.

Joe's Story: "The burden is entirely on the victim to prove fraud over and over again"

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

I first became aware that someone was using my identity very early in the chain of events on July 16, 1999, thanks to a perceptive account representative named at Sears Credit Central in Louisville KY. The rep contacted me for verification of an unusual request after someone impersonating me on the telephone attempted to take control of my Sears charge account. The caller claimed a fire had destroyed my house and all my records, and requested a replacement charge card be sent to a Los Angeles address.

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