Ack! I'm glad you asked this. I'm wondering too! I had my identity stolen about 7 years ago but it took years to track down all the credit cards and bank accounts opened with my name and SSN. I filed a police report, wrote letters to all the collection agencies I knew about, and put a block on my credit with the 3 credit bureaus.
Some of the letters cleared stuff up. The police report was utterly usless. I don't think the city of Oakland ever even filed it. I called the fraud investigator 3 times. Always on vacation. Atleast I have a copy. I've considered hiring a lawyer to help me fix this but I don't have that kind of money. It's a nasty crime becuase, not only have I gone years now with no credit, but it's really hard to prove. If I met this woman, I would punch her in the face.
Anyway, now I'm living the "ignore it and it will go away" principle. So tire of dealing with it.
Never tell anyone your SSN!
at 8:03 PM on Dec. 20, 2008