Identity theives going to new lengths to steal identities

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/20/2013 9:18 am Published: 11/19/2013 9:19 pm

Identity thieves are going to great lengths to steal your name.

A local doctor says an accused criminal more than 900 miles away tried to steal his name by hijacking his mail box.

Dr. Bo Axelsson is a local medical doctor in Tulsa.

He's been practicing medicine for more than 20 years, but was shocked to find out a man in Canton, Ohio, had stolen his identity.

"There was a letter from North Dakota about a credit card that was applied for in my name," Axelsson said. "Then suddenly the post office in Mannford called me about mail to me to my old address where I lived before over six years ago."

The suspect had put in a change of address form and opened up numerous credit and debit cards in his name.

"A very quick thinking postal worker realized that this just didn't seem quite right and called him and found out that he did not need this mail shipped," Tulsa Police Sgt. Ally Maurer said.

Axelsson realizes he could have been out thousands of dollars if it weren't for the quick thinking of the letter carrier.

"I saw a credit line and it was between 20 and 30,000 and it's probably much more if you add everything up," Axelsson said.

Tulsa police agree this identity theft scam could have landed him in major debt.

"It would have been devastating to both his credit and to try and repair your identity theft from that magnitude would have just been outrageous," Maurer said.

Axelsson has collected several pieces of mail with his name on it, but he says he expects even more to come in the future.

Detectives here in Tulsa say they have an idea of how the con artist may have done it.

"We do know that there was a breach in some type of medical provider's information about a month ago because I had a high number of doctors that became victims," Maurer said.

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Gregg777 - 11/20/2013 3:12 PM
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I guess I'll repost. NEW LENGTHS?? This type of ID theft is nothing new and is actually amateur to say the least. New lengths would be anything high tech via network hacking etc. Being employed with a dept that investigates Identity Theft for 7 years, theft of mail was how it all started and is not anything new. Now as I said before, FOX will do anything for a good headliner... Now I hope you will leave this comment up opposed to deleting it like the last one, or you will once again take away from the freedom to comment on the public domain.
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