Identity thief opens cellphone account in Monroe woman’s name

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MONROE, Conn. — A Monroe woman received mail for a new AT&T Wireless account, which included a bill for $212 with a $1,250 finance charge for an Apple iPhone, but she told police she did not open the account, according to a complaint filed Wednesday.

Police said she called AT&T and told them she did not open the account and the cellphone company canceled the account and dismissed the charges. AT&T Wireless also gave her seven years of Experian coverage free of charge.

AT&T said any new accounts opened in her name will require Social Security number, date of birth and address.

Police told the identity theft victim to contact them if she experiences any other instances of fraud.

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