Wednesday, March 15, 2006

14 Identity Thieves Arrested in Citibank Card Scam

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As an update to our recent story, the good guys
scored a win against identity theft involving the
massive security breach involving Citibank's ATM
card fraud. The identity theft had forced a number
of US banks to reissue debit and credit cards over
recent months.

The suspected identity thieves arrested all have been
accused of manufacturing counterfeit cards using stolen
credit card information allegedly obtained from OfficeMax
& other financial institutions.

Interesting note, the investigation started in June, 2005
and has resulted in arrest warrants being issued for members
of this identity theft ring in several states:

  • New York
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • South Carolina
  • Florida

Given the length of time and scope of this identity theft
case, it's prudent for consumers to take special precautions
against the "hidden" dangers which could be lurking in your
credit file.

So, our tip for today, is to simply enroll in automatic
account monitoring for your banking and credit cards.
Also, make sure to bookmark this website or enroll in
our "free" RSS feeds to get an important update on a
new service we just learned of today to automatically
scan your public record files for identity theft just
like credit monitoring.


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