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.”