Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

ID Thief Brought Bailiffs to My Home; MUM-TO-BE'S BILL HELL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

ID Thief Brought Bailiffs to My Home; MUM-TO-BE'S BILL HELL

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Byline: BY DAVID OLD

A NAME-shame sneak has left a mum-to-be with a huge mobile phone bill after stealing her identity.

Pregnant Nicola Mathison was shocked when a letter from a bailiff landed on her doormat demanding pounds 695.57 for a phone she did not own.

The 21-year-old, of Southmead Avenue, Blakelaw, Newcastle, called phone provider Orange, but was told she would have to foot the bill because the contract had been taken out through an internet company in her name.

Nicola and her mother Kathryn asked for an itemised bill and managed to track down the culprit they suspect.

But despite the woman - who now lives in Portsmouth - apparently admitting her crime to the pair, Nicola is still left with the monthly demands.

Community carer Nicola said: "The first I knew about it was when the first bill came through on January 16.

"I can't afford to pay the bill.

I'm five months pregnant and don't need this."

Nicola used to be friends with the woman's sister and lived with her mother for a short period. …

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