Identity theft victims: You might know the culprit

Tracy, a health-care worker in Kentucky, is among the victims. The thief who stole her Social Security number opened several new cards in her name last year, racking up $1,500 in purchases and pushing one account past its credit limit. Another debt, owed to an online retailer, was sent to collections.

The catch? Tracy, who asked that her last name be withheld for privacy concerns, wasn’t victimized by some nameless, faceless hacker.

Her husband was the culprit.

“He knew my birthday. He had my Social Security number. He even had a copy of my driver’s license stored on his computer…”


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