Equifax-Related Identity Theft Might Be Happening

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Today in “I guess it’s starting,” we go to Seattle’s KOMO News:

Opening the mail delivers a helpless feeling to Katie Van Fleet right now.

Van Fleet says she’s been the victim of identity theft around 15 times since early September.

Van Fleet began receiving letters from credit card companies, thanking her for opening accounts. Then she started receiving bills for items she had never purchased. We can’t prove these charges are related to this summer’s Equifax breach, but it seems like a reasonable assumption.

Also, if you haven’t frozen your credit reports yet, here’s a good argument for doing so:

Van Fleet says she put a fraud alert on her credit report last month, but still the letters kept coming. And in that time, she says someone opened an account in her name with T-Mobile and spent close to $3,000 on electronics.

Finally, she filed a police report and froze her credit, and she says she hasn’t had an issue since.

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