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Neighbors are using my address - how to fix / report it?

Main details inside.. but the title pretty much says it. IRS and potential repo men involved. [more inside]
posted by rich on Feb 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me stop a guy who stole my info & is using my name to scam people.

So, one week ago I posted an ad on the website "HotPads", advertising my house in Portland for rent, for $2395. A few days later, I noticed that someone had posted a duplicate ad of my listing, but for $1900. People then started knocking on my door (the address on my ad), all saying the same thing -- telling me about a guy in Brooklyn, NY, who is USING MY NAME, posing as me, sending people emails and talking with them on the phone, trying to scam them into sending him a deposit for my house. Gah! [more inside]
posted by dacoit on Jan 29, 2014 - 6 answers

ID Theft Victim. Cleanup has begun, what am I missing?

So, it would appear that I am the victim of identity theft. What am I forgetting to do? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Oct 15, 2013 - 1 answer

ID theft: any way to see account opened w/out credit check?

Identity theft: is there any way for me to monitor for accounts opened without a credit check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Identity theft and fraud - former employer?!

I need some help: I am almost convinced my former Executive level manager stole my identity and rented an apartment under my name where he is presently residing....what to do? [more inside]
posted by Wazooga on Oct 8, 2012 - 21 answers

A run of ID thefts

Help me fend off the cyber brigands (and persuade my family that they need help)! [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Apr 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Squatters on My Internet Lawn!

WTF? I just Googled myself and someone has a site that is www.myname.com and it looks like a blog that is aggregating (or producing) articles which are similar to those that I've written and published elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by madred on Jan 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Credit monitoring? Identity theft protection? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just encrypt the data?

A few months ago, SAIC lost a backup tape with the names, social security numbers, addresses, and medical treatment information of roughly 5 million TRICARE patients in the San Antonio, TX area between 1992 and 2011. My name was amongst them, and I'm being offered a year of "credit monitoring and restoration services" as compensation. Are there any downsides to taking it? Any real upsides? [more inside]
posted by SemiSophos on Dec 29, 2011 - 9 answers

What should you do if you're (almost) a victim of identity theft?

I think I was (almost) a victim of identity theft. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on Nov 23, 2011 - 2 answers

What the--?

ID theft? I received a W2 from a company I've never heard of. [more inside]
posted by scottatdrake on Mar 29, 2011 - 8 answers

My former employer leaked my ss number!

Can I sue my former employer for leaking my social security number, email address and physical address? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Feb 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Walmart gave away my paid-for TV to someone else

Does anyone have any advice? A week ago I bought a $450 TV via Walmart and got it sent to a local store in Maryland via its site-to-store service. I was going to pick it up this weekend when I'm renting a truck to move into a new apartment. However when I checked the website yesterday it had stated that it has already been collected by me last Saturday. I did not pick the TV up. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo on Jan 19, 2011 - 41 answers

I was feeling insecure, you might not love me anymore

Having a minor freak out about identity theft, and looking for advice on making sure all my online information is as secure as possible. [more inside]
posted by goshling on Jan 5, 2011 - 16 answers

If I only wiped 10% of a hard drive before selling it, am I 90% screwed?

What damage control measures can I do for selling my PC on eBay which was only partially wiped? Yes, I know how stupid this was. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Somebody stole my identity to live in an apartment for 4 months?

So my name's been evicted from an apartment I've never lived in. And yet nothing appears on my credit report. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by beardlace on Dec 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Befuddled by possible fraud

Mysterious shipment and possible fraud - would appreciate advice! [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Dec 6, 2010 - 10 answers

OK to trash old checks?

How to dispose of old canceled checks? Can't shred 'em or burn 'em. [more inside]
posted by FormerMermaid on Nov 16, 2010 - 24 answers

What do I do after someone uses my SSN for himself?

Someone in another state used my SSN to open credit in his name (not my name or address). Then this guy skipped out on the bills. Now the bank has tried to garnish my wages at my job by via my SSN. My job told the bank to get lost, basically, since I'm not the guy in question. Still, there's this matter of my SSN being used by this guy. I've checked my credit reports and there's nothing there that shouldn't be and I've placed fraud alerts with the three credit reporting agencies. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me get my back back.

Facebook is showing a naked picture of my back (with a distinctive tattoo) on one of their banner ads. I did not authorize and do not like this. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2010 - 10 answers

G-mail recovery

A friend of mine recently had his g-mail account broken into. Someone got in an started sending out bcc e-mails to all the contacts saying he had been mugged in a foreign land and needed cash. The conversation was clearly 419 language and clearly not my friend, so there was no damage. Is there anything that can be done to recover the g-mail address? Any way to contact Google about it and make the case? Obviously just creating a new g-mail address and starting over is the obvious answer, but I am wondering if there is a process for recovering a g-mail identity that's demonstrably "yours".
posted by chavenet on Jun 17, 2010 - 7 answers

How to check for identity theft?

How does one check if he's a victim of identity theft? [more inside]
posted by cavedirt on May 29, 2010 - 9 answers

What tipped off the credit card company for fraud?

Just got a call from my bank, Chase, for credit card fraud. Got it all taken care of, card canceled, new one on the way...no worries. I'm just wondering, what tipped them off? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on May 26, 2010 - 58 answers

Identity theft- now what?

Someone's been submitting credit card applications with my name and SSN. [more inside]
posted by Mayor West on Apr 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Can a genealogy site display personal info without my permission?

Is it legal for a random genealogy website to display my full name, birthdate and mother's maiden name without asking my permission? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 - 15 answers

Is my identity being stolen?

Is this odd cell phone phishing or normal wrong number? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia on Sep 3, 2009 - 13 answers

Identity Theft Sure Does Suck.

Help me help my fiancé recover from identity theft. (Please?) [more inside]
posted by mockjovial on Aug 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Possible identity theft?

My application to a short course at a university never arrived. Are there any steps I should take to avoid possible identity theft? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2009 - 1 answer

How to keep thieves from using fraud to steal from you

A question about someone impersonating my uncle to steal money from his checking account, and how to guard against future attacks. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Nov 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Wallet & phone stolen. Now what?

Help me make sure I don't get scammed after having my wallet and phone stolen. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Nov 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Stolen?

Identity theft? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut on Oct 7, 2008 - 5 answers

Facebook a privacy problem? Never would have guessed.

Someone has accessed a friend's Facebook account more than once, despite the fact that my friend changes passwords on a regular basis. How? [more inside]
posted by Slam I Am on Jul 10, 2008 - 18 answers

I bought what???

Someone bought a telescope in my name on Nov 7th. That's all I know. How do I protect myself even though I don't know what store, or more importantly, what method of "payment" was used to complete the transaction? [more inside]
posted by JakeLL on Dec 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Wicked Stepmother Trashing my Good Name

The financial problems of someone who shared my name and former address are showing up on my credit report! How do I even begin to go about disputing this, should the credit agency's investigation not go in my favor? [more inside]
posted by almostmanda on Dec 2, 2007 - 7 answers

I'm in ur creditz, givin you old bad debtz

I have recently discovered that my identity was stolen. Fifteen years ago. I know the person who did it, or I did ... fifteen years ago. [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy on Oct 15, 2007 - 13 answers

Give me back my identity!

Identity Theft Filter: How do I convince debt collectors of my innocence concerning an outstanding debt in my name (that isn't mine)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2007 - 15 answers

I swear she's innocent!

How do you clear your name of criminal charges after identity theft? And how could these charges have been incurred? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Aug 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Why am I responsible for their mistake?

Why should I be held responsible for companies "losing" my personal information? Don't you think that if they were responsible for it, there would be alot less identity theft? [more inside]
posted by TheDude on Jun 6, 2006 - 16 answers

Where are the new CitiBank Ads?

CitiBank has just released a new round of their humorous identity theft ads for May, 2006. You know them instantly by the mismatched video and voices. Here are the original ads from 2004. I've Googled using all possible tags with no success to see who might have them posted for download. Thanks for the hunt!
posted by thebarron on May 19, 2006 - 6 answers

Smokes online

Ordering smokes online.. My SO was going to use my bank account to order smokes online, no credit cards accepted. [more inside]
posted by raildr on Apr 13, 2006 - 16 answers

Thawte trust points for your name in your cert?

Is providing 'identifying documentation' to someone to earn Thawte 'Trust Points' asking for identity theft, or am I just paranoid? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Jan 3, 2006 - 14 answers

possible identity theft help

Identity theft filter: A friend who has only been in the country for a year got a phone call yesterday saying he won a big prize, but they need info to process it. They had his name, phone#... he gave up his address, DOB and last 4 digits of SS#. What can he do to prevent identity theft at this point? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc on Jun 19, 2005 - 12 answers

Mmmm, tastes like phish!

I believe this is one of those PayPal lookalike steal all your personal info pages. What are the steps one goes through to report something like this? And to whom? [more inside]
posted by banished on Apr 1, 2004 - 11 answers

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