Ford Credit warns customers about identity theft

Friday, 17 May 2002, 12:39 PM EST

Ford Motor Credit Co. is warning customers to watch out for signs of identity theft as the FBI looks into how thieves posed as Ford Credit personnel — possibly using company pass codes — to gain access to a computer database.

The thieves gained access to a database used by Experian, a credit reporting agency, to download the personal information of 13,000 consumers.

"There was fraud perpetrated on these consumers, on Experian and on Ford Credit," Richard Van Leeuwen, Ford Credit executive vice president, told The Detroit News for a story Thursday.

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