Identity Theft on rise - Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Erin Meinen hasn't been herself for the last year.

But that's not her fault she had no way of knowing her identity had been stolen.

For seven months, someone posing as the 22-year-old Cedar Grove woman had been living in Sheboygan with a utility account in Meinen's name, which she found out only when a collection agency tried to collect $278 in accumulated utility bills.

"They knew my Social Security number and everything like that," Meinen said. "I never thought it would happen to me, you know?" The Sheboygan Press - Identity theft on rise here

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