Scams

by Mike Masnick




Identity Theft And Meth

from the hmmm... dept

USA Today is running an AP article talking about how law enforcement is working on better ways to combat identity theft, where someone mentions that all of those involved with identity theft also are involved with methamphetamine. That was certainly true of the profile of an identity theft ring we wrote about last year, but it seems like focusing on that aspect shouldn't be useful for very long. With the rate at which identity theft crime is growing, it seems likely that it, too, will start to get taken over by organized crime groups - and will become increasingly sophisticated. In other words, if you thought identity theft was bad now, it's only going to get worse. At what point will credit agencies and financial institutions realize that they need to take the issue of identity theft more seriously?

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    dorpus, 8 Jun 2004 @ 8:53am

    Simple solution

    Just make your idententy worthless.

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      Beck, 8 Jun 2004 @ 10:18am

      Re: Simple solution

      If I ruin my credit history on purpose then the bad guys won't be able to get credit in my name. Maybe skip a few mortgage payments, and run up some huge credit card bills.

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    Real Dorpus, 8 Jun 2004 @ 9:46am

    I see someone is impersonating me

    to illustrate the point.

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    Real Dorpus, 8 Jun 2004 @ 11:11am

    Liquid Licenses?

    Since I didn't want any identity thieves doing bad things, I got rid of my old California driver's license by burning it in the bathroom. The part with my picture melted onto the sink, so for a few days I had my own face looking at me from the sink.

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    aReader(), 8 Jun 2004 @ 12:49pm

    Easier Solution

    Easier solution would be to establish a connection that people who steal identity steal music as well and let the music industry do the rest! Let RIAA lawyers work for us

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    aNonMooseCowherd, 8 Jun 2004 @ 1:48pm

    motivation

    At what point will credit agencies and financial institutions realize that they need to take the issue of identity theft more seriously?

    When they're held financially responsible. And not until then.

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