MONROE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SubscriberWise®, the leading provider of analytics-driven subscriber decision management technology and the nation's largest issuing consumer reporting agency for the communications industry, announced that the company founder and CEO provided a representative at CenturyLink with critical information involving the theft of a 12-year-old boy’s identity. The minor’s identity was used to illegally obtain service from CenturyLink. The fraud was perpetrated using the boy’s legitimate name, legitimate social security number, and a fabricated a year of birth to create the illusion of adulthood.
SubscriberWise CEO David Howe also notified authorities with details of the CenturyLink child breach and is preparing evidence for additional complaints with other law enforcement departments including the Ohio Attorney General.
CenturyLink immediately opened a fraud investigation during the time Howe provided details of the identity theft.
Unfortunately, at least one other Ohio telecommunications operator is a confirmed victim. The case is now in the hands of law enforcement professionals.
On Friday, September 16, 2016, Howe requested and was provided a police file number from law enforcement that will be used to suppress the child’s credit file at Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.
“Once again – and among the hundreds and hundreds of child crimes I’ve exposed – I’m engaged with the terrible crime of child identity theft,” stated David Howe, SubscriberWise founder and CEO. “And once again I’m dismayed because Congress has continued to ignore a myriad of pleas to solve this problem and protect our children with simple technology solutions that are so long overdue.
“Over the past 72 hours, I’ve provided law enforcement with a mountain of evidence to substantiate this fraud and to finally bring this complex and decade-long child exploitation to an end. The evidence provided to police included credit reports, a consumer-initiated payment inquiry, an unreturned equipment serial number, address history, telephone call logs, and dozens of individual audio records documenting the federal application fraud and the theft and exploitation of the child’s identity on multiple occasions during 2015.
“There’s zero doubt of profound victimization with this particular case,” Howe emphasized. “I intend to use details from this crime to advocate on behalf of this boy - and child-victims everywhere - by once again bringing these rarely exposed yet highly frequent crimes to the attention of President Obama and Congress.
“I want to acknowledge CenturyLink for its immediate attention to my urgent contact regarding this victim child,” concluded Howe. “It’s not the first time the operator has heard from the credit czar. And sadly, until Congress decides to focus serious attention on this issue and agrees to protect the most vulnerable among us, it will not be the last.”
About SubscriberWise and David E. Howe
SubscriberWise® launched as the first U.S. issuing consumer reporting agency exclusively for the cable industry in 2006. In 2009, SubscriberWise and TransUnion announced a joint marketing agreement for the benefit of America's independent cable operators. Today SubscriberWise is a risk management preferred solutions provider for the National Cable Television Cooperative.
SubscriberWise contributions to the communications industry are quantified in the billions of dollars annually.
Having directly prevented multitudes more child identity thefts than any single individual including law enforcement professionals nationwide, David Howe is the most productive and engaged child identity theft expert of the 21st century. Howe’s expertise on the subject of identity theft has been shared with virtually all levels of state and federal law enforcement agencies including field agents from the FBI. In 2014, Howe was contacted by IBM’s RedCell Counter Fraud and Financial Crimes Intelligence organization for training and information concerning child identity fraud.
Howe is also the highest FICO achiever in worldwide banking and financial history. Howe is the only known individual – living or deceased – to have obtained and documented simultaneous perfect FICO 850 and Vantage Scores across every national credit bureau.
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