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We just bought a bunch of greeting cards, chocolate and an ice chest....six states from where we are, and somewhere we have never been within 1000 miles of!!! They had our credit card imprint, and what's more scary, a signature that looked
We just bought a bunch of greeting cards, chocolate and an ice chest....six states from where we are, and somewhere we have never been within 1000 miles of!!! They had our credit card imprint, and what's more scary, a signature that looked "almost" real. Obviously, at some store we used our credit card for real, they somehow copied the card info and my signature. Till I went over the bill, I had no clue. Had I just paid the bill, I never would have noticed the small charges like that. The thief might have gotten away with it for months or years of doing small charges. Has this or any identity theft happened to you?
Oh my! Scary. Bless your heart. I hope you get things straightened out.
Sorry you're having to go through this mess.
I chose "other," -- I know, strange response to such a question! I did that though because I wouldn't go so far as to say I have been a "victim" of identity theft, especially since it did not cause me serious consequences or financial trouble like it obviously does most people. Mine have been minor incidents. I had some PayPal crap that happened about 3 years ago. Someone signed up using all my info, including my E-mail & address and B-day, everything! And I found out when I tried signing up for PP. I was told my name was already registered, but thought there was probably just another person with my exact name. Nope. It was another "me." And I had to jump through 2 years of hoops with PP before I gave up last year! I even got help from an organization, but PP only put my account "under investigation due to identity theft." I talked with them til blue in the face and they refuse to let me open my own account or even shut down the FAKe one! So somebody is STILL running that account.
They transfer $ and crap all the time. Since the PayPal was registered using all my real info, including real E-mail, I was able to change the password and go back in! So I did this for a year and could see transactions going on and everything! I tried to find the real person's info somehow on there and I'd monitor closely, but it never happened.
I still have no info about it. I just gave up when I realized they wouldn't do anything about it.
That's not a huge deal. I'm sure I could take things further, but I do not know how. But I don't mind because at least I haven't lost anything big like most do when their ID is stolen, and mine wasn't actually "stolen," just someone used my crap for a paypal account, and God knows what else. I got a credit report after that, and there was something weird on there, but never figured anything out there either!
The only other incident for me is my twin sister has told... people... (perhaps authorities!) that she's me! This has happened on more than one occasion & she has really benefitted from it. It scares me though! She has even told regular people that she's me, by giving them my name. Once I was at a gas station and a guy came up to my partner and asked him what my name was. He told the guy and he said "Someone told me she stole some mary J from my car last week, but maybe it wasn't her because it didn't look like her." Turns out my lovely sister did it & gave them MY name! Thankfully, he wasn't angry & just laughed at the situation. As soon as he was half-way through telling me the story, I just knew it was her. I had to tell him it was my sister because well, I sure wasn't going to just say I'd done something bad that I DID NOT do. There's no telling what all people in my town think.
But I hope things are worked out for you & you don't have to go through heck. I hate that it happened. It's scary that someone went to the trouble to even fake your signature so closely!