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Author: Crosenfield Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 310159  
Subject: Re: Identity Fraud! Help!!(LONG) Date: 8/26/2004 6:49 PM
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My sympathy. This can be a real mess.
Somebody has the physical bounced check. The signature on it is not yours.
Something you don't know is whether the person who signed your name knew what your signature looks like so as to be able to make a reasonable effort to fake it.

If I have this right, somebody opened a checking account in your name, posing as you, probably with a small initial deposit. That got them a checkbook, and they proceeded to bounce checks all over the place. The merchants who got stiffed by the bounced check came after you. You replied in writing, with the real criscarson signature, which most folks with the bogus check in hand could plainly see was not the same.

This is more difficult than what happened to me years back, when somebody got ahold of a checkbook being mailed to me and wrote bogus checks. When the checks came in my statement I went to the bank, showed them this is not my signature, and my account was immediately credited. Here the signature corresponds to the bank's records; but wr the person who signed the forms to open the account wasn't you.

You'd like to see the bogus check. That would give you a good idea whether the writer has any idea what your signature looks like. If not, let 'em sue. You'll win. If somebody faked your signature pretty well, it gets more difficult.
Good luck! Chris
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