Is someone stealing my sister's identity?
September 9, 2013 10:09 AM Subscribe
My sister just got a phone call from someone claiming to be from a (seemingly real) real estate company in Colorado. (We are in New York.) The woman said she was calling to follow up on a home loan application, apparently filed with my sister's name, email, and phone number. But my sister has filed no such thing. Whaaaat is going on?
posted by Charity Garfein to law & government (9 answers total)
My sister said that she had not filed anything, and asked if she should report an attempted loan fraud. The caller replied that she'd put my sister on "her do-not-call list" and hung up. WTF?
So…what is going on? Is this some kind of known scam? Is someone trying to steal my sister's identity? Is there something in particular she should be doing to make that impossible, or at least much harder?
Part of what's so baffling is that whoever filled out the application (assuming there really is an application) *used my sister's number and e-mail address.* Wouldn't they know that she'd be contacted? Also the caller's use of the term "do-not-call list" seems like a weird reaction — it's not a matter of telemarketing, it's a matter of fraud. This all just feels so so fishy. Any ideas, MeFites?