Chelsea man discovers his identity was stolen to buy cable television in Georgia


CHELSEA, MI – A Chelsea man who saw a sharp drop in his credit score was surprised to see he defaulted on his cable TV package in Georgia – a state he never lived in.

Police received an identity theft complaint on Monday February 8th from a Chelsea resident who recently checked his credit report and determined that someone had used his information to open an account with AT&T DirecTV in Georgia, said the Chelsea police.

The fraudulent account, believed to have been created before November 2020, was recently filed with a debt collection agency after no payments were made, causing a sudden drop in the man’s creditworthiness, police said.

The police could not identify a suspect of identity theft. It remains under investigation.

The officers helped the man fill out and sign the necessary documents to challenge the account as fraudulent and remove the item from his credit report.

Police advise residents to be cautious about posting personal information online and encourage residents to check their credit reports for suspicious activity at least once a year.

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