An Ohio contractor rebuilds after identity theft

Case study

Identity thieves put a small business owner's livelihood—and family—in jeopardy when they access his bank accounts, open credit lines and make off with thousands of dollars. CyberScout got his money back—and got him back to work.

It should have been just another trip to Lowe's for Don Brown. When his corporate credit card was turned down at the register, the self-employed contractor discovered that his credit card company had frozen the account due to potentially fraudulent activity: Someone had spent $700 at a deli, then tried to take an $8,000 cash advance. Brown had fallen victim to serious identity theft and would spend several months—and lose nearly three weeks of work—trying to clean up the mess.