In late July 2007, after a store refused to accept Dee’s personal check after running it through a check verification service, Dee called her bank and learned that someone had written 10-15 checks on her account, withdrawing $5,000. She said the bogus checks had her account number on them, but the names of two other people with California addresses. She said the checks were issued in San Diego and Chula Vista, Calif.
On realizing she had become an ID theft victim, Dee said she had a sick feeling that it was actually happening to her. Dee said police told her that a person who had checks with her account number was arrested by authorities in San Diego and prosecuted on an unrelated charge.
Dee said she closed her checking account and opened a new one. She said the bank returned the $5,000 to her account. She hasn't had any further ID theft problems.