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Lessons and stories from the front lines of fighting identity theft. Fraud Case # 13

Sep 07

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. 

Fraud Case:
Not my daughter’s bank account

Fraud Story:
When one mother went to the bank to open a savings account for her 7-year-old daughter, she was informed that her daughter’s Social Security number (SSN) had already been used to open accounts with the bank under another name.  After learning this, she signed up and contacted a Fraud Resolution Agent for assistance.  With the help of her Agent, Peggy, the customer was able to file an identity theft police report for her daughter and notify the credit reporting agencies of the fraudulent activity associated with her daughter’s SSN.  

How the Fraud Resolution Agent Helped the Victim:
When identity theft happens to a child, it’s an especially unnerving occurrence. In this case Peggy, the trained Fraud Resolution agent, was able to help the victim’s mother work toward resolution of the theft by filing a police report and contacting the credit reporting agencies. The authorities now have the information they need to go after the perpetrator of this crime.

As an identity theft victim advocate, I would suggest that parents protect themselves and their families by enrolling with™ with the optional ChildSecureSM feature. It will help them safeguard not only their good name, but their children’s as well.

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