Yes, I know. I'm an idiot. As a very young person who doesn't have much experience with anything, I almost fell into debt from a scammer. I didn't, but I gave them a lot of my personal information. I should've been suspicious when they said the word "kindly" multiple times...Here is what I gave them:

  • Email
  • Address
  • Full Name
  • Resume
  • Mobile Number
  • Age
  • Name of the Bank
  • My student ID
  • Photo of a receipt
  • Photo of my signature on the back of a check

I'm extremely worried... this is my first time being scammed, what should I be doing besides reporting this to the FTC and my school? Should I be extremely worried about possible identity theft or using my signature?

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Yes you should be worried. Here's what I would do.

  1. Notify your bank immediately of what happened so they can put anti-fraud measures in place.

  2. Call a major credit bureau and ask them to put a freeze on your credit. it is free and helps block people from opening new lines of credit in your name.

  3. File a police report. They aren't going to catch the guy, but it may help if you have documentation of a crime in case you need to prove to someone your identity was compromised. For example, if they find a way to charge things in your name and the creditor tries to argue it was you that did it.


If you close your account with your bank and move your money to a new bank, then at least the scammer's knowledge of your old bank's name will no longer be a threat.

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    Be sure to tell the old bank you think the account has been compromised.
    – JohnFx
    Commented Sep 3, 2022 at 18:06

You have given them a very good identity fraud kit there - name, address, bank details, photograph, signature, and so on. All the things that would be needed as proof of identity when opening an account somewhere.

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