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my address has been used for fraud?!?!?!

lil_tiger Avatar
7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Got a letter from blockbuster today with my address on but a random persons name. Opened it, as I didnt want a mix-up with fines to involve me/my address in any way to find out someone had created an account to this address and had fines of £40 outstanding for some PS3 games (dont even have a ps3!).
Called them up and they recon someone has used the address for fraud, they said the customer ID number doesnt even exist (???).
We shred all our bills so it is unlikely someone has got a utility bill or something out of the rubbish.
So, I just wondered if there was any way we could check if the address has been used for anything else? Would credit expert etc be able to show this.
Thanks for any help
lil_tig
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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suspended 1 Like #1
How long you lived there for? Maybe previous owner?
#2
Starr
How long you lived there for? Maybe previous owner?


parents house....over 25 years :) good thinking though
1 Like #3
G, sorry to hear that, there are some sc*m in this world.!
if its not in your name, hopefully you'll be ok.
1 Like #4
it's too easy to put someone's name and a different address these days!
hope you can get a good result with the investigation and clear your name.
1 Like #5
maybe its just the house number thats wrong check your local tel book to see if someone with that name lives in the street
suspended#6
lil_tiger
parents house....over 25 years :) good thinking though


ok im out :p

Is the blockbusters a local one?
#7
guru_the
G, sorry to hear that, there are some sc*m in this world.!
if its not in your name, hopefully you'll be ok.


yeah the person I spoke to on the phone said he has deleted the address from the database, just thinking if they managed to set one account up then whats to stop them setting worse up...:?
#8
Starr
ok im out :p

Is the blockbusters a local one?


nope...Its at the other side of the city...another reason why it wouldnt have been us that set it up :whistling:
#9
kippy
it's too easy to put someone's name and a different address these days!
hope you can get a good result with the investigation and clear your name.

I dont think there is going to be an investigation...the fella couldnt find the membership number thats given on the letter, so just searched the database for the address and deleted it.
As far as I know blockbuster require some form of ID to set up an account...meaning they must have had something with our address on it....hopefully forged :thumbsup:
the sedge
maybe its just the house number thats wrong check your local tel book to see if someone with that name lives in the street

not too sure where the tel book is...but ill have a look for it :) good idea...may just be human error :)
1 Like #10
Hi

Perhaps it's a scam to get people to pay up?

Is it def. from Blockbuster?
#11
IAROBERTSHAW
Hi

Perhaps it's a scam to get people to pay up?

Is it def. from Blockbuster?


I did think that...but the contact details for blockbuster are correct...surely if it was a scam they would have put a fake tel number and asked to pay over the phone?
#12
we get quite a lot of credit card junk mail with the address right but you fill in the name and other details to join. thought they were outlawed but before they go to the bin we ensure we tear them up. but i can see how someone with a malicious intent to forge could be tempted to use the form to apply for a card on that address and get it.
#13
kippy
we get quite a lot of credit card junk mail with the address right but you fill in the name and other details to join. thought they were outlawed but before they go to the bin we ensure we tear them up. but i can see how someone with a malicious intent to forge could be tempted to use the form to apply for a card on that address and get it.

good idea but if they had a card made with this address wouldnt it have been sent here?? unless you mean like gym memership type cards...
vinylandtrinkets
check your credit score which includes all address with your name, and if theres a problem it should show on there, i used experian to check mine, quidco are offering cash back also.
hope you get it sorted hun its a nightmare when this happens.

yeah I was thinking of doing that...but my mum doesnt seem too bothered, experien would only show debts, not the accounts set up to the house so I guess its kinda pointless...thanks though :)

rep left for help and ideas :thumbsup:
#14
had a similar thing with someone using my address for an account on ebay and they owed selling fees

report it as identity theft at your local police station,the crime reference number is all you need to keep the wolves from the door:thumbsup:
#15
I hope you get it all sorted soon, lil tiger:thumbsup:
#16
tinkerbell28

ATM the police won't do anything as it's not identitiy theft is it as it's not anyone in your household?

If it was in your name THEN you would need to worry about ID theft.......


not really about the police doing anything,its more about the crime being logged in my experience,,its all any potential debt collectors need to write the debt off:thumbsup:
#17
its probably somone who has worked or works in the store.

it goes like this they set up a fake account "hire" out the games/dvds then when mysteriously they don't get returned, letter etc gets sent then nothing more happens, if the person who gets the letter complains the account is deleted and hey ho case closed.

I seriously doubt your entire life is about to be replicated by some crazed lone cyber id theif but I'd keep an eye out just in case.
#18
tinkerbell28
It's not a crime right now though as no id has been stolen, it could be something as easy as logging one digit of the postcode wrong, which would not be a crime, human error is a very big possibility.
I had this problem with BG and when they got someones forwarding address wrong by one digit, no crime just an error, all debt collectors need is proof that person does not live there if they try to reclaim the debt, simples:thumbsup:


well i hope it is just an error:)

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