A family member has committed the crimes of forgery, identity theft, against me. I believe that Experian has violated several sections of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. I believe that Household Bank, Creditrust, and possibly NCO have violated several sections of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. I first found out about the fraudulent account after requesting my credit reports because two of my credit cards were suddenly cancelled in mid-April 1999. I had never been late for a credit card payment, and was shocked to find a credit card account on my reports that had been written off as bad credit for $12,512 in March 1998. According to the credit report, the account was opened in October 1992 as a joint account GM MasterCard (Household Bank) with my name as the primary card holder and my motherâ??s name as the secondary card holder. I had never signed for this credit card. I never received this credit card. I never charged anything to this account. I never received a single bill or notice regarding this credit card. I was never notified about the outstanding debt of this account at all until April 1999 (credit cards cancelled). I never received any documentation (besides basic credit reports) that this account is in my name, nor have I received any documentation regarding the balance of this disputed item from the credit grantor or collection agencies involved. I called my mother immediately, and she admitted to forging my signature to a credit card application addressed to me. (At the time of the forgery, I had not lived at that address for over two years.) As I received each of the three credit reports containing the fraudulent account, I disputed the account with each credit reporting agency, by telephone (immediately upon receiving the report) and in writing (sent out the next day return receipt). I called GM MasterCard (Household Bank), stressing to them that this is not my credit card account and that it be removed from my credit report. I was told that the account had been sold to a collection agency, Creditrust and that Household Bank would no longer be dealing with this account. I called Creditrust. My social security number did not bring up any account. I was transferred to Damon who found it and transferred me to Stephanie Simmons told me that I could have my mother arrested by filing a report with the police. Stephanie Simmons said that the account would remain on my credit report, that it is my account because my name is on it, and that it was between me and my mother to resolve the situation and get the debt paid off. I wrote a letter of dispute to Creditrust (returned receipt/sent April 29, 1999), stressing to them that this is not my credit card account and that it be removed from my credit report. In mid-June 1999 (2 months after I disputed the fraudulent account), I received credit reports from all three credit reporting agencies. The fraudulent Household Bank account was reported as â??deletedâ? on all three accounts. In July 2000, I requested a copy of my current credit report from all three credit reporting agencies. On the Experian report, I found a Creditrust account, opened in October 1992, written off as bad credit for $12,939 in March 2000. The original creditor was listed as Household/General Motors. I called Experian immediately to dispute this inaccurate reporting. I received Experian credit report listing the account as â??reviewedâ? I called and asked Experian representative what â??reviewed meantâ? She said it meant verified. I let her know that I am aware that it is illegal for a credit reporting agency to re-report an account which had been previously deleted. Experian representative told me that I had disputed a similar account last year (it was the exact same account), that I should not have waited so long before doing something about my debt, that I must take up any disputes with the creditor, that the only reason the account was deleted from my report last year was because it must taken off the report while it was being disputed. I was told that the account was verified as being valid. I was told that I could not continue to dispute this account for a second time. I wrote letters of dispute to all 3 credit reporting agencies, Creditrust, and Household Bank. I requested that a fraud alert be placed on my credit reports. I called Creditrust to explain the situation. I was told that Credittrust had turned the account over to lawyer, Stuart Wolpoff. I was told that I must speak to Wolpoff regarding anything having to do with the account. I called Wolpoff and Associates. They did not have any information on the fraudulent account. I called Creditrust and said that they would have to send me some kind of proof that the account is mine. I was told that they did not have to prove that this was my account. I was told that I had to prove to them that it was NOT my account. I requested a fraud affidavit from Creditrust and Household Bank. Household Bank said that they did not have to provide me with an affidavit because the account had been sold to Creditrust and that they would not discuss anything further with me. I sent the signed and notarized fraud affidavit to Creditrust (cc. Experian) September 1, 2000. I requested that Creditrust send me a document stating that my name has been removed from the fraudulent account and that I am no longer responsible for this debt. On an Experian credit report of September 13, 2000, the Creditrust account â??outcomeâ? is listed as â??deletedâ? I never heard back from Creditrust. In anticipation that Creditrust may sell the account to yet another collection agency, I hired a lawyer to help me insure that it will not happen. The lawyer wanted to litigate and needed $5,000 (in addition to over $2000 already paid for his research) up front. I did not have the money. The lawyer said that the other option is to have my mother sign an affidavit of admittance to forging my signature and have her arrested. I contacted the State Police of NY where my mother lived at the time of the forgery. The police officer working on my case said that I could only have someone arrested for something they did within the last 5 years. The forgery was committed in 1992. The police officer asked that I call GM/Household bank and give them permission to discuss the account with him. Household Bank would not discuss the account with me because they had sold it to Creditrust, which has recently become NCO. I called NCO (Nick Andrews). He did not have any kind of record of the account. He said to call back in one week. Immediately, I called the same Creditrust phone number I used in August. Creditrust was now NCO. There is a new account number assigned to the fraudulent account. (Hence, a third account number/same account for me to dispute.) NCO asked me if I was, if I was going to file bankruptcy. I said that I wanted a bill faxed to me. NCO said that if they faxed me a bill, I would first have to make arrangements to pay off the debt. I said I was not going to pay anything, that the account was not mine and that it was illegally obtained. I was told that they had no obligation to prove anything to me. I asked how I could obtain a copy of the original forged signature on the credit card application. NCO representative, Carl Johnson, said that they did not have that information, that it was probably destroyed by Household Bank when they sold the account to Creditrust. NCO representative suggested I make arrangements to begin paying the debt. Everytime I think that I have disputed and deleted the fraudulent account from my credit report, it appears once more with a new name and number. I predict that if I donâ??t get some kind of documentation from Household that he account is not mine, the account will pop up on my report again in a few years if not a few months. Within the past few weeks, I have filed a police report with the state police where the forgery was committed. I sent the police report to NCO and Household. I also send them a notarized affidavit signed by my mother admitting to the crime. I gave Household 10 working days after received the letter (certified mail) to respond to my request. I have never received a single document from Household in writing (despite MANY letters from me disputing the validation of the account). There are 7 more working days left for Household to respond. If they do not respond, what is my next step? What exactly does â??the doctrine of estoppel by silence, Engelhardt v Gravens (Mo) 281 SW 715, 719â? state? Is small claims court a good option for my situation? Any assistance or advice you can give me regarding my situation is greatly appreciated.