Dad, I Stole Your Identity and Ruined Your Credit
Here's one gift you don't want for Father's Day!
A son fraudulently obtained more than $122,000
in credit as part of his identity theft crime spree
for over 1 year against his very own father.
The Rhode Island youth, a former participant on the "Wife Swap"
reality TV show, himself got a dose of real world justice when
he was arrested for identity theft and obtaining money under
Unbelievably, the father only discovered the identity theft fraud
against his name when a credit card company contacted
him for payment on overdue balances.
The "real" tragedy in this story, is that a son would even commit
identity theft against his own father. Surprisingly, there's a
significant amount of identity theft which takes place whereby
the thief knows the victim.
In the case of the son, he took advantage of the fact he was a
"Jr." who shared the same first and last name as his
Unfortunately, though, "Jr." now has a felony arrest on his record
and will most likely find it extremely difficult to ever get
credit or a decent job.
So, our tip for today, is to make sure your kids fully understand
identity theft is a serious crime. For parents, to further
protect yourself from the youthful indiscretion as Jr., it's
wise to take advantage of automatic credit monitoring as well
as opting out from pre-approved credit solicitations printed
in your name.
Finally, check out your driving record as well
to insure Jr. hasn't set you up for arrest warrants, too.