Rip-Off Alert: ID theft victim catches suspects snooping around her mailbox
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
A fraud victim was able to turn the tables on the suspects involved in her identity theft.
Ibe May had a question for a Miami bank after receiving a credit card in the mail.
“Why are you sending me a credit card with a limit of $35,000 when I haven’t applied for it?” she asked. I said something is going on.”
Her suspicions were soon validated.
“I’m pulling into my house and, sure enough, and I see an SUV parked in front of my house and somebody from the driver’s from the passenger side leaning into my mailbox,” May said.
She called police but had few details. That changed two days later when she saw the car again.
“I let them go past me and I turn around, and this time I got behind them and I got the license plate,” she said.
It turns out that Carlos and Catherine Molina had been using May’s identity for months. They took out multiple credit cards and even submitted a change of address for her mail.
“It’s a very eerie feeling,” May said. “It’s like having an evil twin you never knew you had.”
May now has a credit alert on all of her accounts.
“You have to become your own advocate,” she said. “You have to go to the credit card companies, you have to go to the banks, you have to tell them, ‘This is not me.’ ”
U.S. Postal Inspector Blanca Alvarez offers advice for those who suspect their identities have been compromised.
“If you do confirm that it is identity theft, contact your local police first,” she said. “Once you contact the local Police Department, make sure that the credit reporting bureau knows that it was identity theft and contact your postal inspectors in order to file a complaint so that an investigation can be initiated and the documentation process begins.”
Carlos and Catherine Molina pleaded guilty to identity theft and aggravated identity theft charges. they were also ordered to pay more than $18,000.