Stancy Nesby was pulled over for speeding, arrested and jailed for 3 days on mistaken identity. It happens that a judge issued a warrant for Stacy Nesby’s arrest after another woman arrested for cocaine possession gave Stacy’s name to the judge and then skipped her court date. The surprising issue with this mistaken identity case is that each time Ms. Nesby was mistakenly arrested the police eventually figured it out and told her that the warrant would be corrected. However nobody corrected this warrant and Stancy was arrested, jailed or detained 7 times by 5 police department for the same mistake. She had to sue the City of San Francisco and finally a judge required that the warrant be corrected after almost 4 years of the nightmare. It’s an amazing true story about how difficult it can be to get mistaken identity corrected. See the shocking video below about her titled “Criminal Identity Theft” from CNN.
Child Identity Theft
Gabriel Jimenez who was 25 in 2007 had his identity stolen as a child. He found out when his mother filed a tax return with the IRS, when he was 11, for some modeling work that he did. The scary thing about this identity theft horror story is that his mother notified the police, the IRS and the Social Security Administration at that time but the problems continued. Several years later she found the illegal alien who was using her son’s social security number and the man asked her if he could keep using her son’s social security number and he would let her have his tax refund. She told the man to stop using her son’s social security number. When Jimenez when to college at Northwestern University he was denied basic utility services like gas, electricity and telephone service because they said he already had accounts. Jimenez still has credit problems from this horror story and is still a victim of child identity theft.
Employer Stole Identity
Linda went to work for Bari in July of 1997. As part of the requirements for the job Bari asked Linda for her social security number, date of birth and a copy of her drivers license. One week after Linda started working Bari got a cell phone using Linda’s personal information. Bari then went on to apply for credit cards in Linda’s name. Bari used these credit cards and the cell phone for 5 months before Linda became aware of it. Linda found out when she received a final notice before collection in November 1997. Due to Linda’s work with the local police department and district attorney Bari was prosecuted for identity theft. Linda still had to contact the credit bureaus to put a lock on her credit status for many years.
Don’t Trust The Post Office
This person moved apartments and filed a change of address form with the US Post Office. The post office then did not forward the mail to the new address but kept delivering the person’s mail to their old address. The people that moved into the old address just left the person’s mail in the commons area of the apartment complex. Someone picked up the person’s bank statements and various credit card applications, filled them out and got credit cards. The person who moved apartments then became an identity theft victim. So the advice from this person is when changing your address look for a notice from the post office sent to your new address confirming that your address was changed. Also send specific change of address letters to your bank, and credit card companies.
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