When I say the impostor used the identity for more than committing financial crimes, I didn’t mean the victim wasn’t left with a lot of financial liability, as a result of this occurence.
WSBTV.com (Georgia) reports:
The woman also opened credit cards in Leach’s name. Leach even got a bill from the IRS. Leach said her life has been turned upside-down.Equifax, one of the big three credit reporting agencies made the following statement:
When the creditors call, they call me at 6, 7, 8, 9, every hour of every day. They will call you because they want their money. It was horrible, said Leach.
We can confirm that an individual posing as Ms. Leach was employed with Equifax for less than a year, beginning in early 2006. There were no indications with the identification information that she provided or through the work history or the credit report that this was a stolen identification.
Equifax also claims, the impostor didn’t have access to sensitive information, but the article doesn’t say exactly what she did, or if there was any sensitive information accessible where she worked?
After all, this person seems very adept at stealing information and it’s possible, she could have found ways to steal it, using other people’s access. Access codes and passwords are frequently compromised by dishonest employees, who intend to steal, or commit other misdeeds.
If you are interested in how easy it is to get all the documents necessary to pose as someone else, I did a post about Suad Leija, who has shared a lot of information on this subject:
Paper weapons (counterfeit documents) enable more serious crimes than illegal immigration and identity theft
With the amount of stolen identities, backed up by easily available counterfeit documents, we can expect to see more people obtaining employment using someone else's information.
Most identity theft experts recommend you check your credit report at least once a year. It's a good idea to pay attention to what inquiries have been made and be wary if you don't recognize, who has been making inquiries into your credit.
Tom Fragala at MyTruston, who is a fellow blogger, provides an easy to use method to check to see if you are a victim of identity theft. Checking to see if you are a victim is always free and you only pay if you choose to use his recovery services. The recovery services are cheaper than anything I've seen out there, thus far.
MyTruston is also "privacy friendly," which means you don't have to give up your personal information to be stored in someone else's database. Identities are stolen from databases, pretty frequently.
You can link to MyTruston, here.
WSBTV.com story, here.