A LaPorte man recently learned that his identity had been stolen when he found out someone in Rhode Island used his name to open a Dish Network account. He told LaPorte police the account is now more than $1,400 in arrears and has been turned over to collections. The incident has also been reported to Dish Network officials.
Identity theft is the use of your personal information, such as your name, date of birth and Social Security Number, without your permission. It can damage your finances, credit history and reputation and takes considerable time, money and patience to resolve.
Information about identity theft prevention and what to do if you’ve been a victim is available on the Federal Trade Commission’s website. Check that out here.