Utilities Fraud: Crook Uses 11-Year-Old’s Social Security Number to Open Cable Account


An 18-year-old Ohio resident called to order cable for her new apartment and was told she owed more than $1,000 in unpaid cable bills.

Turns out, her name and Social Security number were used to open the account — in 2005, when she was 11 years old.

This was the most reported scam in Ohio last year, according to a Federal Trade Commission Consumer Sentinel Network report, with 1,701 utilities fraud complaints filed in 2010.

A news article quotes the teenage fraud victim:

“When it’s time to move out, how are you supposed to use your name when someone has already wiped you out? They put me in debt before I could get myself started.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.