AN IDENTITY fraud victim said debt collectors were darkening her door after a theft.

The 30-year-old woman from St Leonards got letters demanding payments for phones, taxi cabs, and online goods suppliers.

She only found out about the thefts when retailers told her that payments were overdue.

Her identity was stolen and someone had used a fake passport to take out contracts in her name.

Police say a suspect took out a mobile phone contract in Hastings, and also bought mobile phone items in Folkestone and an iPad in Eastbourne.

The force has released CCTV footage of the woman they wish to speak to in connection with the crimes.

She is a white woman in her early to mid 20s, with tanned skin, long black hair, and with a large tattoo on the back of her right hand.

PC Russell Watson said: “This has caused considerable stress and upset for the victim and she continued to receive letters from debt collectors despite, with our assistance, contacting all companies involved and advising them it is a fraud.

“The victim promptly blocked all her cards and accounts as soon as she became aware of these incidents. We also advised her to check with all bank, building society and credit cards to track all unusual activity, and to contact the Passport Office and the DVLA to report the fake identification being used.

“In addition we advised her to registered with CIFAS, the national not-for-profit fraud prevention membership organisation, to add an extra layer of protection against any further attempts to set up false accounts.”

Anyone who recognises her should report it to Sussex Police online or call 101 and quote serial 757 of 08/10.