Contact 6 Consumer Alert: Avoiding identity theft during holiday season

MILWAUKEE -- During the holiday season, as shoppers hunt for gifts, identity thieves hunt for names to use to their advantage. Identity theft affected on small business owner, and FOX6's Contact 6 discovered it took an enormous toll.

Hong Fang says a con artist stole her identity twice, opened up several credit cards in her name and destroyed her credit. 

"My credit score before was over 800. After he effect me the one time, the lowest was 200. No credit card company wanted to open account with me," Fang said.

The identity theft impacted Fang's trucking business.

"One time I went to a gas station and tried to get gas and credit card denied it," Fang said.

Fang wasn't the only victim.

"This person would get people`s information and then he would try to open up credit cards by calling the credit card company saying he was an authorized user and he needed the card sent to an address," U.S. Postal Inspector Dominick Riley said.

The number of victims in this case is 25. Fang says the thief stole at least $20,000 to $30,000 from her credit card alone.

Fang says now, she won't release any of her personal information over the phone. Another piece of advice is to check credit card statements often for any discrepancies.

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