‘He promised to pay them off’: My daughter lived with a person for 9 years. He took out bank cards in her title. Will she be held liable?


Expensive Quentin,

I’ve an issue. My daughter lived with a man for 9 years. Throughout that point, I discovered that he took out two bank cards in her title with out her permission. Id theft, proper? 

My daughter discovered, however her boyfriend stated he would pay them off. So she did nothing.  Once I discovered about it, I instructed her to name the police and have him arrested for identification theft. 

Ultimately, she broke off the connection. She is now on her personal. Now two years later, we discovered that the man fell right into a liquor bottle and misplaced his job, and he’s two months behind in funds to the credit-card firm.   

At this level, is there something that she will do to guard herself? I do know from listening to different individuals’s tales that the credit-card firm will come after her as a result of it’s her title on the playing cards.

Involved Father

Expensive Involved,

Two years is a very long time to permit somebody to make use of bank cards taken out fraudulently in your title. Quite a lot of injury might be executed in that point. And much more injury can nonetheless be executed.

One of many questions your daughter might be requested if and when she experiences this fraud is whether or not she knew these playing cards had been taken out in her title. If she says sure, they’re more likely to maintain her accountable for the debt incurred on them. 

If her ex-boyfriend might show she was current when these transactions occurred, it might be tough for her to argue that she was unaware of them and that she did not approve them. In different phrases, she might be held as complicit. 

Nonetheless, he cast her title. In New York, an individual who does that’s responsible of prison possession of a cast instrument within the second diploma with intent to defraud, deceive or injure one other. That would include a jail sentence of as much as seven years. 

One of many questions she might be requested if and when she experiences this fraud is whether or not she knew these playing cards had been taken out in her title.

She ought to contact her credit-card firm right this moment and report the transactions, and have the playing cards suspended. She ought to then name the three most important credit score bureaus — Experian, TransUnion and Equifax — and freeze her credit score.

Your daughter must also report the cast bank cards to the Federal Commerce Fee. She could or could not want to file a police report. She faces extreme monetary — and, probably, authorized — penalties if she permits this to proceed.

Whether or not it’s identification theft or identification fraud, he’s utilizing her title and credit score to run up payments for his personal functions. If he did it as soon as, he’ll doubtless do it once more. The perfect predictor of future conduct, as everyone knows, is previous conduct. 

It’s doable that that is additionally a type of monetary abuse. Certainly, she could also be afraid to contact the police. However she’s going to by no means be freed from this probably manipulative conduct or this man except she takes decisive motion. 

That is your daughter’s drawback to repair. You may give her the data and assist she wants, however I warning you towards paying off her and/or her ex-boyfriend’s credit-card payments.

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