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Someone registered on Credit Karma using my information, do I have any legal recourse?

Asked by FlyingWolf (2701 points ) April 3rd, 2014

Yesterday I went to set up an account at creditkarma.com. After I entered all of my information I was notified that all of my info had already been used to set up an account. They provided a bare bones version of the email address associated with the account and since I knew I had no accounts even close to the name provided, I sent an email telling them so. They responded by giving me the entire email address and asking me to let them know if it wasn’t mine. Turns out the email belongs to my ex-sister-in-law who had access to all of my information through my ex-husband. I have gathered all the information I can showing who holds the account (she opened a YouTube account and posted videos that pretty much confirm her identity), and now I am wondering if what she did is illegal (identity theft?) and if I have any legal recourse. I will call my attorney in the morning, but this has me super creeped out and I would appreciate any insights. Thanks!

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Identity theft is a crime. I would take the gathered information to the police.

bolwerk's avatar

The FBI might even care.

johnpowell's avatar

People pretend to be me all the time on the internet. One person from here made a fake Twitter account for me. Just last week a old user from here faked being me in a facebook chatroom.

Not much you can really do. And the cops will pretend to care but laugh once you are out of the room unless they actually did financial damage to you.

bolwerk's avatar

Facebook has chatrooms?

But yeah, they aren’t going to care unless you actually lost money or something.

Laurarose's avatar

Facebook and Twitter don’t have your social security number associated with fake accounts, so I don’t find it comparable :) I find it to be a little scary. This is something I am just now dealing with, with credit karma also. Though I don’t think someone is trying to steal my crappy identity, I do think they are trying to keep tabs on my credit for a reason. I do not know for certain who made the account, however I have my suspicions. The email address is with yahoo, and I have never owned it. I am still waiting to hear back, the second time, from credit karma, telling me they have in fact suspended the account. I also wrote yahoo to inform them that someone created the email address, using my info, for a credit karma account. I would think, at the least, they will get rid of the fake accounts. I know this post was over a year ago but I am Curious as to what the outcome here was.

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