Tuesday, September 18, 2013
A Wichita woman is using her experience as a victim of identity theft as a cautionary tale.
More than a month after having her identity stolen, Amber Dobosz is still dealing with daily difficulties as she checks to make sure the thieves haven't applied for another payday loan or tried to cash another check in her name.
Dobosz is the first to admit she should have been more careful.
Hurrying straight from work to a concert at Intrust Bank Arena on Aug. 9, Dobosz placed her work briefcase, containing personal items in the trunk of her car before parking along Douglas near Rock Island. She didn't want to attract thieves by leaving the items in the cab of her car.
Her efforts made little difference because her car was stolen while she enjoyed the concert.
"I'm sure they didn't even realize how good they hit it once they got it," Dobosz said.
Some of the items in the trunk of her car: A temporary driver's license, a checkbook and her U.S. Passport.
"They've tried opening up credit cards, loans, you name it," she said. "They've accessed my checking account (and) written checks."
Nothing happened with Dobosz's information for more than two weeks after her car was stolen. Then, somebody began writing checks in her name in Oklahoma City.
"Since then, obviously, they've created a fake ID of some sort or driver's license of some sort and are out there impersonating me," Dobosz said.
Wichita Police say what may have happened is somebody used Dobosz's information to make fake identification cards to go along with the stolen checks and cards.
Dobosz's bank has denied any charges coming from the thieves.
"But now I have to deal with the creditors that will think that I was the one who wrote these checks that I didn't have funds for," she said.
Dobosz said it is now her mission to warn others just how easy it is to fall victim to identity theft.
"Whether it be the temporary driver's licenses with the paper slips; that's very easy to recreate these and use them over again," she said.
As she works to warn others, she also hopes her ordeal will soon be over.
"It's a nightmare," Dobosz said. "It's a true nightmare."