NEW YORK - MAY 20: In this photo illustration, major U.S. credit cards are seen on May 20, 2009 in New York City. In new landmark credit card legislation, the United States Senate has voted 90 to 5 to pass a bill that would restrict credit…
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There are identity thieves out there so determined to use your name to get a few credit cards that not even prison time will stop them, the 2NEWS Investigators have learned.
One man was arrested four times but continued to open up credit cards in victim's names from behind bars. Small business owner Hong Fang has a strong message for the person who stole her identity two different times.
"You ruined my life. You ruined your own life," said Fang.
The man who used Fang's identity opened several credit cards in her name and destroyed her credit. Before it happened, Fang's credit score was over 800. But afterwards, it dropped to 200 at its lowest.
"No credit card company wanted to open account with me," Fang said.
And it impacted her trucking business.
"One time I went to a gas station and tried to get gas, and credit card denied it," said Fang.
Fang wasn't the only victim, either.
"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," said U.S. Postal Inspector Dominick Riley.
There were 25 victims in this case, and the amount charged to Fang's credit cards alone was staggering.
"At least $20,000-30,000," said Fang. "It's terrible. It's a nightmare."
Fang said she wouldn't release any personal information over the phone anymore. And if you check your credit card statements often, you may spot the signs of identity theft before it gets out of control.
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