WSBRadio.com reports that the number of victims resulting from a Gwinnett identity fraud scam earlier this year has risen to nearly 9,000. (That’s 9,000 victimized by one scam!)
The article shares the story of one of them, Jeanette Adams– a 66-year old retired nurse who received a letter in 2010 from the Internal Revenue Service, indicating that she was responsible for paying $2,400. Even though she thought, “I’m paying way more than I should ever of had to pay and I don’t know why,” she made payment after payment—and nearly became a victim of foreclosure in the process.
WSBradio.com goes on to describe how the Duluth police allegedly found Adams’ name, Social Security Number, and date of birth, as well as those of many other individuals, in documents found during an identity fraud bust last April at the home of Annette Ford. Since then, Ford pleaded guilty to conspiracy and identity fraud, another individual has been charged, and charges are pending against additional suspects, according to the report.
When the police called Adams to inform her that she was a victim of identity fraud, it all made sense. (Unfortunately, it is all too easy to become a victim of identity fraud. Once a fraudster has your name, Social Security Number, and date of birth, it is shockingly easy for a fraudster to do a little research on the Internet to find additional information to steal your identity.)