I had allowed someone to get between me and my grocery cart that resulted in my purse being stolen. I immediately filed a police report at the store and called my husband to bring me my spare key to the car so I can go home. ID THEFT VICTIM STORY
I called the bank first to put a hold on accounts. Thief had already emptied them. Next called credit card companies, thief had already used them. This in less than two hourse of robbery.
Knowing the theif had my address and keys to home, I could not sleep for fear they would come in and help themselves to my home too. This went on for days until I was able to access money to have locks changed. I hid my car at friends homes because even though locks were changed they had keyless entry to get into car just not able to start it.
Then the bad check notification started coming and coming and coming. 15 in all. I was adding anger into the fear now because I was on a very tight budget and the things that were bought were luxeries I could not have myself. But, someone else was getting them with my signature. Then came the credit applications that were filled out in my name. Days turned into weeks, and weeks into months. It is now eight months later and still am dealing with some things.
Everytime I was contacted due to the theft I relived that few days of overwhelming fear, anger, embarrassment, resentment, and complete lack of trust in society. I did shut down for awhile trying to deal with everything. I couldn't believe how much I had to try to convince people over the phone that I am not a crook or scammer. My whole character was ripped into pieces. I am trying to put it behind me, but still will not shop alone.
Story submitted on: 2004-02-23 00:00:00.0.