Going through HELL!!

  1. Hubby had a credit card NUMBER stolen--not the actual card, just the number. The thief had the address changed so we have not received statements. I didn't really notice because I had paid off the balance on the last statement I received. Hubby went to use card today and was denied. When he called bank, they said he had a balance of $18,000!!!! And the address was changed to an out-of-state address in JUNE!!

    I am going through hell right now. Closing every single account we have EVERYwhere. Police report filed. Close to despair! And we were celebrating our daughters' birthday today! (They are 13 tomorrow; yikes).

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  3. by   RNinICU
    How horrible!!! My DIL got my SSN when she left, and got a cell phone and credit card in my name, but she didn't charge nearly that much. I knew who did it and pressed charges against her, although the police tell me they won't pursue it for the relatively small amount. This can be such a nightmare! Do you have any idea who did it? I understand that stealing credit cards is a big business. I am so sorry this has happened to you.
  4. by   deespoohbear
    So sorry to hear that!! Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world today. {{{{{Zee}}}}

    Hang in there!!
  5. by   Just Angi
    My prayers are with you. Hope they will do something about this to keep ya'll from having to pay that!
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    Hubby afraid of the same thing so shreds all documents with ID # before trashing, especially credit card offers. It's a wonder someone didn't notice at the credit card agency the sudden increase in purchases.

    Hope they catch the person and that credit can be restored.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am so very sorry for what you are going thru. I agree w/Karen. We shred all our documents and credit card offers before disposing of them. It is critical. We also check our credit reports frequently to see what THEY say is "active" versus what our records show. You cannot be too careful.
  8. by   fedupnurse
    What a nightmare! Hang in there Zee!
  9. by   Zee_RN
    It gets worse. Now we think the thief may have accessed husband's retirement account. We got a letter stating that our web access to the retirement account has been shut down because someone tried to access it and entered the password incorrectly three times. So we don't know if the thief then called and managed to convince them he was my husband (he must have SSN and DOB) and change address and withdraw there too! We cannot verify because it is the bloody weekend and the office is closed. Gawd, what a mess.
  10. by   Rustyhammer
    You shred credit card offers?
    We usually don't even open them. Just throw them in the trash right there in the post office.
  11. by   LasVegasRN
    Goodness, Zee!

    I have a shredder, nothing goes out in the trash with any ID on it.
  12. by   Robin61970
    That's horrible!! I am so careful with my social.....had it taken off my license and all. Father-in-law recently went to buy a house and found out someone had used his to buy a car and get a few credit cards....they are still messing with that one. I had my credit report pulled this year and had things on there that werne't mine and even someone elses social on my credit report.....it's scary! Good luck to you and I hope it's all works out!
  13. by   prn nurse
    What a mess !! I wouldn't know where to begin to straighten out this mess.

    Do you have any idea yet how the thieves originally obtained your #?

    I think we are only obligated to pay credit card companies $50 on fraudulent /theft charges.

    The credit card company should have written / called to confirm recent activity "out of the norm."

    The retirement account.....that really is scary.

    Hope it turns out to be secure.

    It pays to have a ""password"" on all checking accounts, My banks have passwords optional. I insist on using one. No one can do a wire transfer or any transaction on my bank accounts without 1st giving my passwords.

    Good Luck.
  14. by   Zee_RN
    I shred everything from the house too. We think this might have happened while we were on vacation in late June. Or it's an insider job at the bank. *sigh* What makes this doubly hard is it is the weekend and we have limited access to the people we need to talk to (like Social Security Admin). Gawd, oh, Gawd, what a mess.