Elderly woman gets identity stolen, then large phone sex bill

Eighty-six-year-old Arlene Hald says she never called a phone sex line. And certainly didn’t make $1,000 worth of sex calls.

The Washington state widow recently received a credit card bill addressed to her husband, Sylvester. He died nearly 20 years ago. Her family suspects it’s a case of identity theft. The billing company, Preferred Platinum Plan, is agreeing to remove the charges.

Hald’s daughter, Peggy Rytych, says a second bill for $70 was also sent. Rytych says the credit card company is removing those charges too and promises never to send her mom another bill.