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    I need help writing a letter about some checks that were cashed in May of 2004 at a Wal-Mart in Mansfield, TX for two amounts of $247.29 and $273.92 in which we just recieved the letter on APR 1, 2005. I'm wondering could somebody help me write out this letter as my dad has put the burden on me because he thinks that i'm a better writer. What exactly needs to be down to track down the person and what needs to be done to capture them? I've thought of maybe calling the collection agency to see if it would be possible to get in contact with wal-mart and talk to them about this identity theft. I'm going to suggest to my dad to file a report with the police department and file a report and see if he is able to get a copy of his credit report.

    What's next?
    Kerry Jones

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    first call the bank and let them know what happened cancel teh account get new ones or viod the checks. Next id call the local police/fbi and report it to them im sure they would be more help than we can be
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    How did they get hold of your chequebook?

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    well the thing is my dad hasn't had a checking account since 2000. It seems they've opened an account at BankOne. I think he has called BankOne, but they won't give him any information on the account.
    Kerry Jones

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    so they stold his social security # and opened an account...?
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    I'm assuming thats exactly what happened.
    Kerry Jones

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    There is a number to call somewhere to report this someguy posted it here a while back about what to do if your ss, or credit card is stolden you can call a number and have a hold or something put on them. man i wish i had the link for you try a search here or on google about a hold on ss #.
    and best of luck to your dad, and yourself
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    I've been through this and it sucks. This is what happens in Oklahoma.. You go to the bank and notify them, then file a police report. Next get in touch with the Wal-Mart and their corporate office to recover your money. That sad part is neither the police or Wal-Mart is going to tell you anything about who did this or help you in any way - it's frustrating to no end. As far as pressing charges, Wal-Mart will be the one to have to do that since the end losses will fall to them.
    I went through this with a cell phone company where someone had used our checks to pay their bill by phone. We figured out how the checks were stolen - we were selling our house and they were taken during one of the showings by the realtor.

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    thanks for your information okcnoc, i'll be sure to tell my dad. I'm wondering since we don't own the BankOne account and they are using his name how exactly do we report it? I mean if it happened often somebody could claim they're Kerry Jones and shut down my account. Does he need to bring his license and proof of residence ie 5012 Monna ST?
    Kerry Jones

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    I see.. Looks like you need to first prove that they are fraudulent. The police department or DA could advise you on that. You probably should have your dad check his credit report as well to see how much damage has been done. There's no easy way to clean up identity theft and the attitude of the legal system is that the amounts stolen do not justify allocating the resources to following it through to prosecution.

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    ok, how do I get a credit report and how are we able to prove its fraudulent?
    Kerry Jones

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