The purpose of this blog series is to educate people about the ways that identities are stolen.
Keep in mind, these stories are true (although I have omitted specific details for our members’ protection) and are described by our Identity Theft Resolution Agents. As you read these stories, think about ways that you can protect yourself from identity theft.
Ex-boyfriend asks for help and then takes more than he asked for.
Many of us have dated people and remained friends. The ProtectMyID member this fraud case highlights was one of those people. An ex-boyfriend contacted her late last year in need of some help. He’d lost his job, was at the end of his financial rope and needed a place to stay while he got his life in order. She agreed to let him stay in the guest room for a short period of time.
However, when she learned that he’d forged her signature and opened a joint checking account she asked him to leave and quickly closed the account. She thought the trouble was over, but it was just beginning. Recently, she began to get alerts for credit inquiries that she hadn’t made. Apparently, when her ex was staying with her, he’d gone through her files and copied her Social Security number, financial account information, and all her old addresses. He had everything he needed to commit multiple crimes.
How the ProtectMyID.com Identity Theft Resolution Agent Helped the Victim:
When the victim began to receive the alerts, she contacted ProtectMyID and was assigned a dedicated Identity Theft Resolution Agent who helped her assess the damage, contact the creditors, place fraud alerts and encouraged her to file a police report and offered support as she and the victim worked through the resolution process.
It’s unfortunate, but identity theft by a friend or family member is common. It’s always a good idea to keep Social Security cards, birth certificates, passports, financial statements and other sensitive documents in a secure location like a safe or locked file cabinet. To learn more about how you can protect yourself from identity theft visit ProtectMyID.