Getting the Run-Around in Illinois

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

Regardless of how many times I have been told that I am not, I am a victim. Our police agencies need to realize that having one's identity stolen is emotionally painful, humiliating, and costly. I have spent an ungodly number of hours trying to correct the damage that has been done by the individual who stole my identity. Professionally, as a teacher and tutor, my hours are worth thirty-five dollars. I have been robbed of $5,250 in time. I have been humiliated in my local stores because my checks have been rejected at the check out, and I am emotionally drained. I am a victim, and Congress needs to recognize me as such.

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

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

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

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

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

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

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.

The Frustrations of an Identity Theft Victim

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

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.

The Frustrations of an Identity Theft Victim

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

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.

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

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

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.

Ordering Medication from Online Pharmacy Leads to Identity Theft

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

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.

Legislative Testimony of John and Jane Doe

December 31, 1969
December 31,1969

It was quite a shock to us when we suddenly found out that we had no credit. We were being accused of defaulting on loans, not making car payments, and overdue on credit card payments. We were suddenly being called by stores that we never heard of, banks demanding payment on cars or loans that we didn't have, collection agencies demanding that we pay immediately on some account we never heard of, or face legal action against us. Some of the creditors would even offer to settle the account for a reduced amount. Of course we would refuse.

500 Million Sensitive Records Breached Since 2005

The most recent total from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s Chronology of Data Breaches shows more than a half billion sensitive records breached since 2005, leaving Americans vulnerable to identity theft. Employees losing laptop computers, hackers downloading credit card numbers and sensitive personal data accidentally exposed online -- the Chronology of Data Breaches shows hundreds of ways that the personal information of consumers is lost, stolen or exposed. The Chronology of Data Breaches, a project of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse since 2005, lists incidents involving breached consumer information, such as personal medical records, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers.

The most recent total, published August 24, 2010, is a wake-up call to consumers who think identity theft can’t happen to them. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse estimates that the Chronology shows only a fraction of the total number of data breaches.

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