NEW YORK -- Identity theft is bad enough if it happens once. But Maria Chen was a victim twice.
Chen said her identity was stolen online and the suspect literally took everything. "He had withdrawn all of my money out of the bank and opened up credit cards in my name."
Chen's bank alerted her. When she found out her money was gone and her credit destroyed and she was angry. She says it's still messed up.
She immediately went to police, who tracked down the suspect and arrested him.
Chen put alerts on her accounts - yet somehow, when the suspect got out of jail - he used her personal information yet again.
U.S Postal Inspector Carla Menendez said since the thief still had her Chen's personal information, he was able to call in with her information and essentially can get access to her credit card account. Postal Inspectors say they can add themselves as users, get their own card with their name on it, and start charging on your account.
Some advice from postal inspectors: safeguard your personal information at all times. Menendez said, "One thing we always recommend is to check your credit once a year to make sure no fraudulent activity has happened."
Menendez also reminded people to never carry your social security number with you. You should leave it at home in a safe place.
And remember, 2 Wants to Know made it easy for you to keep an eye on your credit report. You can sign up for quarterly reminders to check your credit report! Just fill out the information in the 2 wants to know section of dig triad dot com.
US Postal Inspectors/WFMY News 2