NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A case of identity theft at Nashville utility companies went on for seven months before the victim realized it.

Police booked 36-year-old Shovann Staten for identity theft after opening NES and Metro Water accounts in the name of an acquaintance without their permission.

That charged Staten’s bills to the acquaintance’s automatic payment.

There are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from this form of identity theft:

  • Place a Fraud Alert on your credit reports.
  • Check reports for inquiries from companies you haven’t contacted. Contact credit bureaus to try to get it removed or corrected.
  • Close accounts that have been opened fraudulently
  • Report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission
  • File a police report.
  • Dispute inaccurate information with credit reporting agencies and with collection agencies.