"I have been notified from our bank that this person has been in our bank account, they have almost drained our checking. They have almost drained everything," said an anonymous fraud victim.
That person was a notary public by the name of Melissa Hodge. She worked with consumers on refinancing transactions. But instead of helping people financially, Hodge sold their social security numbers and other personal information to identity thieves.
Her accomplices would then use that information to open credit card accounts.
"They used the credit cards to purchase cell phones, laptops, iPads, televisions, and stay at lavish hotels," said US Postal Inspector Kenneth Miller.
Eventually, Hodge admitted to passing off information from 16 victims who lost more than $160,000.
If you think your identity has been compromised, act fast. Place both a security freeze and a 7-year fraud alert on your account. Then sign up for credit card monitoring service that will text you when anyone has viewed your credit.
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