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Lessons and stories from the front lines of fighting identity theft. Fraud Case Story #1

Jan 11

Check Washing

As a past Fraud Resolution Agent, I used to assist fraud victims day in and day out.  I would hear horrifying stories of identity theft and how it caused so many pain while taking up their limited time and energy. With my training, I was able to alleviate a great deal of stress for our members and help them work toward resolution.   At present, I am no longer a Fraud Resolution Agent.  However, I do hear identity theft stories from other fraud agents every month. 

The purpose of this blog entry is to share and educate people about real-life fraud cases without revealing confidential information or names of the people who have been affected.  This entry will instruct readers, like you, about how identities are stolen, how it happens and how identity theft cases can be resolved with the help of a Fraud Resolution Agent

So, twice a month you will be seeing a fraud story entry such as this one with a heading “ Fraud Case Story”.  Keep in mind, these stories are true (although I have omitted specific details for our members’ protection) and are described by real Fraud Resolution Agents. It is up to you if you are going to be proactive to protect yourself from identity theft after reading it.

1. Fraud Case: 

Victim’s check is washed

2. Fraud Story

A fraudster was able get the victim’s checks from a Post Office mailing drop box by using a special tool to pull it out.  The victim found out the checks were compromised when the victim was about to pay for a bill.  The victim found out the fraudster had washed out one of the checks and changed the amount to a higher one.  The fraudster then took the forged check to a cashing place and was able to get it cashed.

3. What the Fraud Resolution Agent assisted the fraud victim with:

The agent assisted the consumer with contacting their bank and shutting down the account.  The agent also assisted the consumer with placing a fraud alert, filing an identity theft report, and filing a report with the postal office.

As a result of being a member of, the consumer was very relieved to have an experienced Fraud Resolution Agent help him through a difficult situation.

Look out for the next fraud case story posting on 1/27/2010.

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