I Lost My Identity To A Fraudster, And It Took Six Years To Clean Up The Mess • Discoverology

I Lost My Identity To A Fraudster, And It Took Six Years To Clean Up The Mess

This essay is going to scare you. There is a better-than-average chance that, at some point in the last several years, your personal information was stolen. Not something small like a credit card account, but the good stuff, your Social Security number coupled with your birthdate.

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