The purpose of this blog series is to educate people about the ways that identities are stolen without revealing confidential information or names of the people who have been affected.
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 this post.
Fake Driver’s License
A ProtectMyID.com member had discovered that eighty thousand dollars had been withdrawn from her banking account. Money she never knew she had. What had happened was that a fraudster had used the victim’s name and address to make a fake driver’s license using his own picture. The identity thief then walked into a banking institution the victim banks with and transferred $80,000.00 (under the victim’s identity) from a home equity loan into the victim’s account then withdrew the whole amount leaving the victim with a home equity loan debt she had never opened.
How the ProtectMyID.com Fraud Resolution Agent helped the victim:
The Fraud Resolution Agent helped the victim place fraud alerts on her credit reports and assisted her with contacting her banking institution to launch a fraud investigation. The Fraud Resolution Agent also assisted with filing an identity theft police report with the member’s local police department.
As an identity theft victim advocate, I would suggest looking into a monitoring program such as ProtectMyID.com which gives you access to experienced, U.S. Fraud Resolution Agents who provide members with individual personal assistance in resolving identity theft issues as well as help in the event of a lost or stolen wallet.
Look out for the next fraud case story posting on 4/9/2010.