Woman's identity stolen as a teen

By Sara Story - bio | email

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - Credit card numbers are not the only identification thieves are stealing from you. They'll also take your social security numbers and sell them. One East Texas woman's social security number was stolen when she was just a teenager.

Sarah Little admits living in constant fear after realizing her identity had been stolen.

"Because that's your life. Someone is taking your life. A part of you, right there, and I'm constantly watching it because that is me." Little said.

The 23-year-old said she was checking her credit score last year and noticed something out of place.

"I noticed there was one account that said AT&T charged off for $1,300, and I was like, 'That is not right.,'" Little said.

Someone was using her social security number and had opened more than 25 new accounts.

"Each one was $2,000 to $3,000 a piece. So, it was about $20,000 to $30,000," Little said.

Little filed an identity theft report with the Tyler Police Department, and investigators traced the identity theft to a woman in California. Authorities told Little that someone sold her social security number to this woman years ago.

"Years and years. There are some dating back to when I was 16, 17 years old...She bought it, and she is illegal, so that's how she made her living. Basically, off of my social," Little said.

Little said the thief was eventually arrested, but the 23-year-old is still clearing up the mess and her name.

"I want to get my name on the house and do things like that, and I never know if I will be able to," Little said.

"My credit is still not good, and it probably won't be for a few years until all the accounts are cleared up," Little said.

Little now checks her credit score on a daily basis, hoping to prevent what she thought would never happen to her. It is still unclear exactly how Little's social security number was stolen, but investigators told her that someone who had access to that number may have sold it to the black market.

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