Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Identity Theft Can Put You in Jail While Criminals Go Free

Think identity theft only results in fraudulent transactions on your
credit card. Think again, as a New Mexico man recently learned wound
up spending nearly a week in jail due to the misdeeds of an identity thief.


It seems, according to the Albuquerque Times, a 28 year old
man was wanted on a 2 year old outstanding arrest warrant
for narcotics charges which were actually the result of an
identity thief who had used his name.

Evidently back in 2002, the victim lost his wallet which
contained his social security card (ssn) and the identity
thief used it for a 2005 narcotics arrest which he
subsequently skipped out on the bail.

As a result the innocent 28 year old man ended up
spending 6 scary nights in jail before local authorities
would even listen to him about the mistaken identity.

"Unfortunately, people can be victims for years to
come despite anything we try.."

Because of this unfortunate situation, the victim was even
reported to be in risk of losing his:

  • Job
  • House
  • Truck
  • Peace of Mind

Avoid this from happening to you or someone you know.

Our tip for today, is to conduct your own self background
check. Get your public information profile (pip) to scrutinize
it for any incorrect information such as unwarranted arrests
which can very likely land you in jail or worse.

3 Comments:

At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, this story brings a whole new meaning to "what's in your wallet"?

Thanks, Agent99 for bring to light the danger of carrying your social security card in your wallet.

 
At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is nothing. Has 31 social security numbers, wrote 1000s of bad checks using fake social numbers,opened bank accounts, loans and was never prosecuted even though the illegal actions are listed on her credit report with a list of fake social security numbers she has used.
NO PROSECUTION as she is female.

google southdakotagov.info

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger agent99 said...

Anonymous said...

That is nothing. Has 31 social security numbers, wrote 1000s of bad checks using fake social numbers,opened bank accounts, loans and was never prosecuted...
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Wow, Anonyomous you are so right - that story is staggering. At least 7 fake id's, lots of phony addresses, & credit fraud - but no punishment befitting the crimes against the innocent victims.

That story we will have to publish a follow up on as its just a huge example of why us consumers have to take control over our own information and do everything possible to prevent or detect massive identity theft credit fraud from happening against you & without knowing the full extent of the damage.

Thanks, Anon for your feedback and sharing the link - stay tuned for more on the development.

 

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