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    ID theft...

    A couple years ago my ID was stolen. Social security card and driver's license. I put a freeze on my credit report, no biggie. There weren't any red flags and no big issues.

    Well, last year I got a call from the IRS. They wanted to know if I was going to claim my income from 2004. I told them I was in school (was in massage school all throughout 2004) and that I hadn't made anything claimable. How much was it anyway? Oh, $14,000. Where was it made? Phoenix, AZ. Oh, I was in school in Tucson.

    The IRS was very helpful and gave me all the numbers I needed to call to get everything straightened out, which it all was. I even called the company and let them know about my dilemma. They said they'd take care of it.

    Well apparently they didn't. The IRS wants me to give them $2,022 for unclaimed income in 2005. Same company with the income issue.

    I'm looking for a lawyer in a few days (when I'm not booked through business hours).

    EDIT: I'm not angry at the guy who is using my name. He's just trying to make a better life for himself. I'm just right pissed at the company who knowingly hired him as illegal and is exploiting his body and my identity.
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    So they are taxing you on unclaimed income that is sitting there? I am confused by what you posted. There is actually money sitting there for you to claim? Or they are saying you forgot to file taxes on the $14,000 you supposedly made? If the latter I understand a little better. If the first then that makes no sense that your now being taxed or fined for not claiming money you made! The state of the IRS if indeed the first scares me. Just tell them to take it from the $14,000 you have yet to claim.
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    My friend bought a new car from a Hyundai dealership. The salesman stole his identity, opened two bogus business with his ID. He had a credit card machine and was stealing other peoples card #'s. My friend found out because someone at the company that sold the "fake ID guy" the credit card machine, had noticed that none of the transactions made at that credit card machine were swiped, the numbers were all punched in manually.
    The credit machine company contacted my friend, who contacted the police and FBI. The Fake guy had over $200,000 in the bank. They arrested him while he was in the bank trying to withdraw all the funds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SingingSabre
    EDIT: I'm not angry at the guy who is using my name. He's just trying to make a better life for himself. I'm just right pissed at the company who knowingly hired him as illegal and is exploiting his body and my identity.
    I would be! A while back my wife loaned $1000 to the deadbeat mom of her then boyfriend. When i met her 3 years had passed and the deadbeat mom was still skirting around the issue. So I convinced my wife to sue her (we almost went on Judge Judy but my wife couldn't get the time off). The small claims court judge saw right through her and made her pay us.

    well 3 months goes by after that and we got a call from a bank on the other side of the U.S. saying that the lady is trying to apply for a home loan through them under my wife's name (as the only loanee, no co-signer). my wife said umm hell no and they said "thats what we thought'". so both of us watch our credit very closely. The bank said my wife's SSN and signature were on it. I tried to get my wife to notify the sheriff's office, police, or somebody but she wouldn't, she wants nothing more to do with that lady.

    Good luck with getting it fixed

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    i can empathize. we've been dealing with the same thing for going on 4 years.

    constantly check your credit rating/status. we've changed credit card accounts twice and bank accounts once.
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    That sucks. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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    I had my wallet stolen in 1974 in Berkeley CA. No biggie - I replaced my travelers checks, and when I got back home to NY, replaced my drivers license. I didn't worry about my SS card, because I knew my number... heck, I was just a student.

    In 1982, I got a call from the Secret Service & a visit from an FBI agent. They had picked up someone in NYC during a Presidential visit who was carrying my ID from 1974.

    After that, I occassionally tried to get a duplicate SS card, tried to update my name; I would fill out all the forms, send off all the required documents, and nothing would happen - it was not until last year (and a flurry of phone calls to various governtment offices) that I was finally able to get a new card - I HAD to get a new card to renew my drivers license! A $5 renewal fee turned into a $100 ordeal (certified birth certificate, certified marraige license, etc., and then a late fee on the license because it took 6 weeks for NYC's department of records to find my records!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SingingSabre
    I'm not angry at the guy who is using my name. He's just trying to make a better life for himself. I'm just right pissed at the company who knowingly hired him as illegal and is exploiting his body and my identity.
    WTF?

    Not to be a smarta$$ here...but, if you don't mind the guy stealing your identity...why did you even bother to make this thread?

    I mean, here are plenty of anti-corporation and anti-capitalist threads over in the PR forum.

    And BTW...how is it the company's fault anyway...as far as they're concerned, based on the information provided to them...the person is you! (a legal, law abiding citizen I assume)

    At any rate...you should also contact the said company and try to get the situation straightened out through them...(with a lawyer's help perhaps) the IRS does not always have the resources to effectively look into cases like this...you need to keep on them and be a royal PITA toward the IRS and the company that hired this guy with your information. I knew of a few people that this happened to...I'd drop the whole "I'm not angry at the guy using my name" speal, cause you WILL end up paying. One guy had his credit destroyed and paid mucho money for 5 years to the IRS until the company and the IRS straightened this out.

    I'm not trying to be a jerk...just giving it to you straight.
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