Yep, I learned the hard way, even if you know who it was, hand them the name and address, they likely will do nothing to them.
Similar thing happened to me when a leader of a nigerian smuggling ring, (not a joke) stole my telephone calling card from the mailhouse in my
I opened our first telephone bill to the tune, in 30 days, to almost 40 thousand dollars. Though my phone was cut off for a couple of hours, I
suffered no real damages. A lot of frustration, anger, and feeling violated, but that was all.
The second bill was almost 30 thousand, but, that was the phone companies' fault. Even after being alerted to the theft, and obvious issues, and
saying they would disable the card, they somehow failed to, and another 30 days of billing came through.
Long story short, I did some sleuthing, figured out who he was, he lived in my apartments, and the government knew about him and had been tracking him
for years. Everyone he called, I called, and most of them hated the guy. They very willingly told me who he was. He even called his own phone on my
He did 350 thousand a year in credit card fraud, on an expired student visa, and they basically said, oh well, nothing we can, or will, do. We just
watch him. Better to know where he is, than to deport him and lose track. They said if they tried to deport him, he would be back under another (no,
the name he was already using was fake) assumed name in under a week.
I also found out where, aside from stealing mail at our mailhouse, he was getting help. It was the main IRS center in Atlanta. I caught them, and they
admitted, on recorded IRS phone calls I made to them, to helping him steal ID's of tax payers, from the IRS. They got paid to pass him identities.
Several hundred dollars per name. Plus, their job income. For whatever reason, they too felt they had nothing to fear.
Couple people allegedly lost their jobs, but that was it. No charges ever pressed, because everyone refused to pursue, the CIA refused to take action,
the FBI refused, as well, and I had no say, as I was not a victim.
It truly sucks.
If me, or you, or many others did this, we would get buried UNDER the jail.
But, here is this guy, driving a 190E Mercedes he paid CASH for at the dealer, all from stolen credit card purchsed merchandise he returned for cash
refunds. And he walks.
Ain't life grand?!
Best thing to do is put a credit freeze with the 3 main credit reporting companies. They will ask for a copy of your police report. Keep those
records, at least 10 years, lest the banks "forget", and sell the bad debt to a leach credit collection agency, and they try to sue you.
Otherwise, be grateful you caught on before any damage WAS done, and you became a real victim. Digging out of that can sometimes take 10 years or
edit on 8-3-2014 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)