A North Carolina church received an AT&T bill for 17 i Phones purchased by an identity thief.
In December 2015, four suspects were charged with using fake identity documents to purchase i Phones at AT&T stores in Kansas.
A few weeks ago an unknown person walked into a mobile phone store, claimed to be me, asked to upgrade my mobile phones, and walked out with two brand new i Phones assigned to my telephone numbers.
My phones immediately stopped receiving calls, and I was left with a large bill and the anxiety and fear of financial injury that spring from identity theft.
She assumed it was a mistake, and told me to take my phones to one of my mobile carrier’s retail stores.
I then logged on to the Federal Trade Commission’s website to report the theft and learn how to protect myself. It includes step-by-step instructions and sample letters to guide victims through the recovery process.I was interested in learning where the theft had occurred and how much of my personal information was in the hands of the thief.Section 609(e) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires that companies provide business records related to identity theft to victims within 30 days of receiving a written request.After discovering that another phone on my account also had no signal, I called my mobile carrier on a landline phone.The customer service representative explained that my account had been updated to include new i Phones, and in the process the SIM cards in my Android phones had been deactivated.