Fraudsters Steal Identities of Dead Soldiers to Scam Victims

According to an Army spokesman, thieves have gone online using dead soldiers’ identities to scam women into sending them money. “They look for patriotic women, and they play on their heartstrings,” Christopher Grey, a spokesman for the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, told AOL News. The use photos and details culled from Facebook and news accounts to pose as living soldiers. They target women who are sympathetic to soldiers’ in war zones. Victim Joan Romano of Lynbrook, N.Y. said one image in particular “really got my heart going because I really do cherish our soldiers.” She sent the crook...


Stealing Identity to Get Medical Services

Most identity theft is for the purpose of stealing money and goods, but another type of identity theft involves theft of medical records. The thief assumes the identity of another person with medical insurance coverage in order to obtain medical services. The innocent person may lose his or her medical insurance coverage as a result or be stuck with a large bill. A study shows it can cost $20,000 on average to resolve a case of medical identity theft. Some cases involve a friendly theft of services–one person lending his identity to an uninsured friend or relative. A study by...


Reporting Identity Theft to U.S. Postal Inspectors

Identity theft victims are often required to obtain a police report in order to help prove they really are victims of identity theft. A problem is that some police departments will not take such reports and the great majority never take any action to solve the crime. A better alternative is to register a complaint with the U.S. Post Inspectors. The U.S. Postal Inspectors have agents throughout the country and are far more interested in helping victims and investigating the thefts than local police departments. Their website is set up to allow victims to report online. Once the form is...


Capital One Settles With Identity Theft Victim

Capital One Bank and the credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) recently settled with our client who was the victim of identity theft. It took years for the identity theft victim to get Capital One to stop trying to collect on the account it opened for an imposter. The story began when Capital One sent a pre-approved credit card application to our client at her former college apartment. Someone in the building got the application from the mail and used it to get a VISA card from Capital One in our client’s name. The imposter took $500 from the...


Credit Monitoring Services Are a Waste of Money — Free Alternatives Are Available

Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, Kathleen Pender demonstrates that the credit monitoring services offered by the credit bureaus and other companies at a cost of $60 to $200 a year are a waste of your money. The services won’t detect many types of identity theft and it is pretty easy to check your credit reports for identity theft for free. Credit monitoring services promise to notify you of “key” changes in your credit reports by email or cell phone text message. How soon you are notified varies; Equifax offers daily notification, but the notification could be 30 days after...

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