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Identity Theft

Saturday, February 08, 2014

A few weeks ago one of my uncles received a letter in the mail from the PG&E CARE program (helps to lower gas/electric bill from PG&E) stating that he needed to verify his information by submitting an IRS form to get tax returns for everyone in the household. I filled mine out and yesterday got a letter stating that I filed taxes for 2011 and 2012 which I know I did not because I've been out of work since 2008 and have no job currently. The letter had some of the information on the tax return and it had my name and social security number but the addresses provided did not match my address. For 2011 the address was in San Pablo, CA which is about a 10 minute drive from me and for 2012 the address was in Concord, CA which is about a 20 minute drive. I went down to the police station and filed a report for identity theft. The office said to call the IRS first thing Monday to request the tax returns filed since 2004 which should show the employer for the returns filed which will hopefully lead to the person using my information. Also the office said to check my credit report, put a credit freeze with all 3 credit reporting agencies, and to call the CA franchise tax board to get copies of the CA tax returns. I hope this mess gets solved quickly. I am wondering now if this might have anything to do with me not being able to get a job... if an potential employer were to run my SS# it would show I'm working but I'm not... we'll see how things go. But for now I'm livid and upset.
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    Young Lady, I'm so sorry that you're having to go through fiery furnace trial. I know that I had a problem, when I went to buy my Condo. The VA was ready to finance, but at the last minute, they told me they wouldn't finance. When I asked them why, they brought out about 6 inches of defunct bills, which belonged to Nancy J. Smith or Nancy Smith. Neither one of those bills was mine, but they didn't believe me and I had to prove that I wasn't Either one of those ladies. It took some time, but it worked out. Then I legally change my name to incorporate my middle name in there. I also informed all my creditors that if it didn't say Nancy Jean Smith, then the bill wasn't mine and not to accept any credit cards that didn't have my entire name, also. Slowly but surely things are working out in my favor! Thanks GOD!!!

    Be blessed,

    - Nancy Jean
    1530 days ago
    This is really terrible. You can out an alert on you credit report so that anytime someone accesses your information through the 3 major agencies, you are alerted.
    1531 days ago
    so scary, something that really worries me I guess we have to be double careful, if that is possible, Good Luck
    1531 days ago
    Sadly these type things are happening more and more frequently!! It's truly sad!!
    1531 days ago
    That is not good. You did the right thing by contacting the police. Good luck getting it all straightend out.
    1531 days ago
    Lisa, what a terrible experience. It sounds like you did the right thing by going immediately to the police.
    Sounds like several of the commenters here have some first-hand experience with this.
    Best of luck dealing with all this stuff - I know you have the ability to work it out!
    1531 days ago
    Shut down everything , your credit cards, checking account etc and open new ones. We have to be so careful now. Really scary! Good Luck!!
    1531 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    If you have homeowners or renters insurance, check your policy. Many include some identity theft coverage. Our Community College system got hit here and my info was exposed, so I now have a monitoring company. I plan to continue it once my free year runs out.
    1532 days ago
    I've had my cards taken a couple of times, though they never left my pocket. ?? Praying for you! It's upsetting. God can turn it for good.
    1532 days ago
    emoticon That is happening more and more They are not dwelt with harshly
    1532 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/8/2014 6:50:19 PM
    OMG! That is terrible. I just don't trust anyone any more and won't give out any personal information. I hope you get it taken care quickly.
    1532 days ago
    Lisa I'm so sorry this is happening to you! I know there's a lot of this out there. If I were you, I'd cancel credit cards also, maybe open and close a new checking acoount and notify any of your creditors of what's going on. Log EVERYTHING, who you spoke to on what day, what time and what they told you. It's a pain, but it's good to have a paper trail also. I'll be praying this works out for you.


    1532 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    There is a LOT of help out there for this as it is so common now. My son's former gf had this happen to her about 8 yrs ago and the person was living in Las Vegas, Nev. and working there using her information. It was a lot for her to get taken care of, but it certainly happens because of all of the illegala. Employers know these people are doing this, but don't care as they want the cheap help.
    You did the right thing by going to the police. Don't get scammed on-line with any fake sites that say they offer help. use ONLY the help you know is truthful.
    1532 days ago
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