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*Sigh* Why do we even bother?

Submitted by snow_angel on Mon, 02/27/2006 - 16:39
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When I was speaking with a representative of one of the credit reporting agencies, he said that anyone could just make up a social security number, send it in along with their name, and they might be able to obtain credit.

Perhaps the laws have changed in the four years since my identity theft, but companies must be held responsible for our troubles when they issue credit to the wrong person.

Here we are obsessing over our credit reports and some companies can't be bothered with checking a few basic pieces of information.

Everyone, regardless of whether they have credit concerns or not, should be checking their reports at least twice a year, in case someone out there was able to bypass notice of the discrepency between the names on the application and the credit report.

I have the same opinion as snow angel here. Along with credit checking, there should be some system that confirms the applicant has given all the right information.

This is more like an investigation. If anyone is using the account fraudulently, creditors also suffer a lot. The chance of getting the money back is very low. So this investigation will help creditors too.

Secured loan dealers often run credit inquiry that helps to understand if the borrower has provided all the information correct or not. However, these inquiries have an impact on credit score. What if the SS# verification is exempted from credit score calculation?

Submitted by stanley on Mon, 02/27/2006 - 16:59


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Very true, we all should make it a point to check our credit report regularly. The credit card statements must also be reviewed so that the charges placed in it are accurate by all means. If we do not review it properly, the thief will open up an account using our name. Scan for the signs of possible fraud by doing a through review of your credit report.

In the last few years, this identity theft has risen dramatically. You never know when your good credit will be stolen by someone and will leave you with all the negative consequences of it. Large balances and dealing with collectors when they call you are just a pain to deal with.

Those of you who are having their credit less perfect, check your credit and identify the lingering problems so that it becomes easier to deal with it effectively and move forward towards an improving credit rating.

Submitted by john on Mon, 02/27/2006 - 17:00


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This is the reason everyone should call the bureaus and tell them to file a fraud alert on your CR, so that anytime your SS# is used to get credit, you have to answer questions only you would know. I have done that, and it has worked well. It is a pain when I went to get a new cell phone, and the company had to get on the phone with me and ask me questions, they are crazy questions too sometimes, of course the answers to the questions are on my CR or record in some way, so they can verify that I am telling the truth.

Submitted by TMD on Mon, 02/27/2006 - 17:03


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Hi Stan,

Actually, I'm not sure, but I know this account isn't mine, and since it's a bank account, it makes me wonder if the person who stole my purse might have opened an account. I'll have to go back and look at the date of the theft and check it out...but it makes me wonder!! I will look into it and let you guys know what's going on.


Submitted by Mary on Tue, 02/28/2006 - 09:55


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Hey Stan,

Now that I look into it, that account was placed for collection in 9/2004, my purse was stolen around 12/2003. So it is quite possible that somebody took my identification, got some kind of bank account or credit card from BofA, charged it up and left it. I moved right after that, so maybe they did try to notify me, I have no idea. I sent a debt validation letter, now I am wondering if I shouldn't have?


Submitted by Mary on Tue, 02/28/2006 - 11:25


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I did file a police report...I guess I will have to get a copy of it somehow. I know I have the report number somewhere. Was I wrong in sending a debt validation letter to this company? I am not sure that I did the right thing now that this has been discovered.


Submitted by Mary on Tue, 02/28/2006 - 12:28


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Asking the company to validate the debt is not a wrong move from your side. You have covered the legal basis by making the request. If the company sends any information, you will be able to prove that the particular details do not belong to you. You can show your actual proof to contradict the information in the account.

Submitted by curlycarl on Tue, 02/28/2006 - 12:33


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I didn't even stop to think that the ID theft and this funky account could be related until it was mentioned on this site. Isn't that funny?! Now that I understand more on identity theft I see what might have happened. Also, I am much more careful on keeping my purse/wallet/whatever protected, so hopefully this won't happen again. I was pregnant at the time, so I was all confused and tired and I didn't pay attention to such things :lol:

~Mary :)

Submitted by Mary on Tue, 02/28/2006 - 12:40


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