Today’s society is a computer generation, anything getting done now is usually via the internet through e-mail, chat or social networks. Behind that computer screen you can basically be whoever you want to be, but what happens when you find out that someone else is posing as you?
Identity Theft is definitely a crime that the perpetrator can have anyone’s face they chose. You can scratch you head a million times and never really figure out how in the heck did someone obtain your personal information.
The sadness of this all is you are victimized a few times. Initially when the thief gains access to your information, then when you try to tell people it wasn’t you. Instead you get the, “Sure it wasn’t look.”
The reasons for this article is to tell people that are unfamiliar with what its like to be a victim of identity theft, It’s a nightmare that I personally live. I wouldn’t call my circumstance unusually either. Thousands of people are victims of identity theft, some to this day may be unaware of it too.
My case first started in 1999,when I was home on medical leave from work. A young lady stole my insurance check from my mail box and cashed it. She never presented identification either. After tracing the check it was discovered she used one of those establishments that advertises “Check cashing, no ID needed.” The girl was bold enough to apply her fingerprint to their index card and take a picture.
Just to show how lackadaisical the personnel was at this place, I went and asked the man if I had an account in his store. He asks my name, mind you he never asked for ID. I told him and he got the card out of the file. I ask if I could have a copy of it. He say, “sure.” Scans the card and hand it over to me.
I forward the card to the USPS inspectors, nothing else was done. Besides me being given a notarized letter explaining my circumstance. The story don’t end here — just last week I called the IRS to inquired about my business account and my information that I was giving them wasn’t matching what they had to prove who I was. I explain to the lady, then I’m lost for words. After a brief go around, I ask to speak to her supervisor.
Only to find out later again someone was posing as me, this time they were bold enough to go one step further than before. They filed a federal income tax return and received the refund. Now why the IRS didn’t flag this return is beyond me. The person used a name that I hadn’t used in over 28 years and never filed a return under. To this day even though the IRS know what is going on, they still send me information with the fraud record on it. Even as far as the name. Oh by the way. The IRS had my record under one name and I have a social security card issued by the Social Security office with another name on it.
I always files my taxes, so this should have never happened. This government is so busy talking about terrorist when we are being victimized right in the US. Maybe if everyone stop looking at the numbers and match the name, I wouldn’t have had so many problems