Cases of identity theft run the gambit of credit card scams; children stealing from a parent and, in one case I know of personally, a mother that stole her child’s identity!
In today's world there are so many cases of identity theft, and so many different ways in which to commit this horrible crime.
You need to be knowledgeable and aware of all the ways your identity can be attached and make you a victim.
Cases of identity theft: I know personally of one instance where a mother stole her daughter’s identity.
Yes, you heard me correctly...this mother actually stole her own child's identity.
The tragic part is, this child won’t even know her identity has been compromised until she’s nine years older and trys to open credit in her name.
Her mother messed up her own credit so she wasn’t able to open any more credit in her name, so she opened accounts in her daughter’s name.
What a double shock! Not only to find out you're identity has been stolen, Before you're even old even to write your name or know what credit is, but then to find out your Mother was the one to mess up the rest of your life? Wow!
To learn more about cases of identity theft and this unthinkable crime, see child identity theft.
For a period of time I lived in an apartment complex and came into regular contact with many of the residences, including our mailman.
Charlie, a friend of mine that lived in my complex, found out from out mailman that a change of address card had been turned in to the post office saying he was moving.
Charlie wasn’t moving, and the only reason he found out about it was because the mailman knew Charlie, and knew he wasn’t moving.
The whole point of this fraudulent card being turned in was to have all of Charlie’s mail forwarded to the thief.
This allows the thief to have any checks, pre-approved credit card offers, bank statements, mortgage information and any other personal information in his hands to commit identity theft.
Fortunately for Charlie, the mailman was one step ahead of the crook. They never caught the person that initiated this change of address card.
Unfortunately, these types of cases of identity theft are all too common in this day and age.
It’s always a good idea not to count on the Post Office 100%.
Shirley had her car broken into and stolen from a mall parking lot.
Having the car stolen was bad enough, but Shirley had left a credit card and some personal information in the car.
This information had her name and address on it and was in the glove box (which didn’t lock).
To make matters worse, Shirley also had a garage door opener in the car.
Credit cards were opened in Shirley’s name, but Shirley put a credit freeze on her accounts, closed the old accounts, made up new PIN numbers and had the foresight to change all the locks on her house plus change the code to the remote that went to the garage door before anyone could steal items from her house.
Shirley’s car was later found abandoned, but had numerous identities of other people such as credit cards, licenses, Social Security numbers and drugs from the crooks that stole it. Dumb and Dumber!
My neighbor, Robert, is a detective for the Sheriff’s Dept. and handles many identity theft cases.
We talked at length about the problems he has come across in trying to help people get out of the mess of this devastating crime.
Many times Robert’s hands are tied and roadblocks are put in his path from credit card companies, businesses, and banks.
Many times even the victim can be a problem and won’t do the steps it takes to help themselves.
The victims wait around for Robert to miraculously make everything right.
Robert has heard through the “grapevine” that many city law enforcement agencies don’t do all they can for a victim, or take it as seriously as they should.
Robert and his department take these crimes against the victims as a priority.
They do everything in their power to “make things right”.
One problem is, many of the businesses are not willing to give a detective receipts for the case in question that he is trying to prosecute for a few reasons;
Inform yourself with more knowledge and go to identity theft articles for more stories of identity theft.
For extended information and more tips, go to identity theft victims to review your to-do list to get the process rolling and have as much information as you are able to collect to aid yourself and the police.
It's sad that in this day and age you can slap someone and receive more time in jail than if you steal a persons identity, open new accounts in their name, charge thousands and thousands of dollars, totally ruin a person’s credit and life and, in many cases, the thief only gets probation and years to pay off what he stole.
It can take years to regain your identity and clean up the mess the thief made of your life, so it is worth it to read about the cases of identity theft and learn all you can about this crime to protect yourself and your loved ones.
There are so many cases of identity theft, and every year the statistics grow. Protect yourself and be aware of all the scams that can happen to you.