February 16, 2017
TULSA, Oklahoma – A Tulsa family says someone put their mail delivery on hold, and when the mail finally arrived, they realize someone stole their identity.
The Irvin family said it took them three days to realize someone was hijacking their mail, and identities, to apply for credit cards.
Rebecca and Richard Irvin knew something was wrong when the mail didn’t come. Rebecca tracked down her mailman to find out someone with a bogus phone number put a hold on it.
“It’s scary to think that somebody has your social security, your birthday and your whole address, and can go just hold your mail,” she said.
It’s easily done through the postal service’s online form.
When the mail finally started coming back, Richard saw where the thieves used his identity to apply for store credit cards.
“Called the numbers on the back of the credit cards and found out that someone had been applying under my name. They had my name, my birth date, my social security number,” he said.
The Tulsa Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit has seen this before.