When You Lie About Your Identity, Make Sure The Identity You Take Isn't Worse Than Your Own

from the a-public-service-announcement dept

Back in 2003, we wrote about an identity theft scam that backfired when the identity the guy stole turned out to be worse than his own. In appears that a similar situation has happened again. This time, a car was pulled over by police and the driver was found to have a suspended license. The police asked the passenger in the car to drive the car away, as the original driver was taken into custody. However, when they asked the passenger to show his license, he said he left it at home… and then gave someone else’s name as his own. The only problem? The guy whose name he gave is a wanted felon (via Fark). The police then arrested him and he had to explain that he wasn’t really who he said he was, and proved it with ID which really was in his pocket. It turns out that the guy had no outstanding warrants himself… but now has been charged with giving false statements to police. So, once again, as a public service announcement to identity thieves: it’s probably not a good idea if your stolen identities are in more trouble than you are.

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Newob says:

Identity or avatar?

People have a strange way of thinking about identity. IMHO, my identification cards, social security number, and all the other names and numbers that identify me are not *me*, they are avatars of myself. Just as I am not that character or spaceship in a video game that I play, I am not my identification. Characters and roles you play in real life are just avatars, like the characters and roles you play in games. Knowing that, no one can steal my identity.

traveler says:

Re: Re:

Yeap, The coward is absolutely right…. You have the right to remain silent, and hire an attorney, then pay him $225/hr. to tell them who you are! This after you’ve given the officer enough probable cause to suspect that you’re hiding something, and get a search warrant to search your car, and get you finger printed into the system, etc. Brilliant advice!

Charles Griswold says:

Re: Captain Obvious

Thank god I read this article about someone lying to a police officer on TechDirt. Nothing screams technology like a story about giving false identity to a cop.

Mike, this is either another slow news day, or you’ve reached a new low.

Not to be obvious or anything, but identity theft largely is a tech issue. In a non-networked world, identity theft wouldn’t be nearly the problem that it is.

BTW, nothing screams “I have nothing valuable to do with my time” like deliberately misconstruing the theme of an article (identity theft gone wrong vs. lying to cops) and then making a really lame attempt at sarcasm.

Anyway, kudos to Mike for this article. It’s nice to see the lighter side of tech issues once in a while. 🙂

|333173|3|_||3 says:

releasing information for identity theives to use of suspects would not help catch the original suspect, unless they reported to the police to complian, even if it would help catch the identity thieves. Also, releasing personal details of suspect which could be used to identify him might be a viollation of the presumption of innocence. After all, reporters are not supposed to reveal the street address of a suspect whose trial they are reporting on.

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