$2 million Identity Theft of The Dead
Is there no shame left amongst identity thieves?
Apparently, with at least one identity thief,
there is no limit. In this latest installment,
we expose the misdeeds of an identity theft
involving a Kentucky man who scammed his way
to nearly $2,000,000 over a three year period.
It seems, this identity thief, was actually a
financial planner who figured out how to use
the confidential personal data of more than
160 deceased persons.
The data he got his hands on was:
- Social Security Numbers (ssn)
With the 160 deceased persons information, the
identity thief was able to acquire 700 credit
cards from 15 financial institutions. This
highly productive identity thief then used those
credit cards to illegally purchase goods.
All of this criminal identity theft and credit
fraud was conducted from his home near
Fortunately, for criminal investigators, this identity
thief left a paper trial from two phony business fronts
and the detailed tracking spreadsheet on his computer
which ultimately lead to his arrest.
The identity thief is now facing up to 40 years in
prison for his crimes.
At least in this instance, one identity theft learned crime
does not pay - especially against the dead.
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