Columnist Claims Identity Theft After Investigating Fraud At Investment Firm

from the whodunit? dept

Well known financial columnist Herb Greenberg has a fascinating article about how someone tried to snoop into his phone records. Apparently, someone pretending to be him turned on online reporting for both his Verizon cell phone and his SBC home phone. While he can’t prove it, his suspicion is that it has something to do with a company he has written negatively about. The bogus online account opening occurred right after he wrote a negative article about investment firm Allied Capital. This could just be a coincidence, but once he found out that the same thing happened with both Verizon and SBC (he credits Verizon for at least sending a paper letter to his home notifying him of this — something SBC didn’t do), he called around to various sources for many different stories and asked them to check their own systems. It apparently happened to a bunch of sources — all of whom had been investigating Allied Capital. He says he has no proof, and he knows the FBI is investigating, but as a reporter, he couldn’t wait any longer and had to get the story out there.

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