So here’s something interesting to note.
A reporter for the Longmont Times Call (in Colorado), recently became a victim of credit fraud herself.
“As a crime reporter, I had written dozens of stories about identity theft and credit card fraud. I knew what to do. I called credit reporting agencies and told them about my stolen account number to protect my credit rating. I called the police. Then I got antsy. I started investigating the businesses where my money was spent. I soon found out it was going to be harder than making some phone calls and dressing down some careless store managers. The four businesses â€” Shoe Depot, Tina Fashion, Frank Collection and Photo Creation â€” where money from my account was spent are in Fontana, Calif., according to my bank statement. So I called the Fontana Police Department. I called the cityâ€™s chamber of commerce. I went on the Better Business Bureau Web site. But no one had ever heard of the stores, and the police couldnâ€™t find an address for them. I even left messages for people whose names are connected to two of the â€œbusinesses,â€ which I found on a public information Web site. No one called back. Luckily, my bank sorted out the mess and had money back in my account by 2:30 p.m.”
The article is written under the title of Identity Theft a bitter pill. Fortunately for the reporter, she was only a victim of credit fraud.