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|ID thieves steal lives.
John Montroy doesn't collect dolls.
So the former Port Arthur resident was shocked when he discovered that $4,000 in VISA bills had charged in his name to a company that sells collectible dolls.
Someone had used his identity and credit card to purchase the expensive collectible dolls and had them shipped to Canada.
"Not only did they have my credit card number but all of my personal information, my codes, Social Security number, date of birth; all of it," Montroy said in a telephone interview from his Houston home.
Montroy is one of 40 million credit card holders who may be the victim of fraud after computer hackers breached MasterCard and VISA's security system last week.
Luckily Montroy was able to clear the charges, but was told to snip his cards because he would be receiving new ones.
"I've told everybody I see to check their statements," he said.
Identity theft is quickly becoming a major nuisance. On average, 1 million Americans have their identity stolen and each victim spends about 175 hours correcting the damage, Steve Savoy, Groves city marshal, said.
Identity thieves don't always hack into computers, sometimes they go "dumpster diving," sifting through garbage for others' identities.
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