Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Katrina Identity Theft Scam Nets $100,000

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As if the surviors of the Katrina hurricane didn't
already have enough challenges, a Washington area
identity thief has been busy stealing their identities
and defrauding the government.

Using the Katrina area identity theft victim's
stolen identities the criminal stole more than

$100,000 in benefits which were designated
for
their disaster recovery.


It seems, this identity thief managed to acquire
the personal information of at least 50 hurricane
victims before he was arrested:

  • Dates of Birth (dob)
  • Social Security Numbers (ssn)

With that confidential information, the identity
thief applied for and received assistance funds
from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA).

The funds were sent via check to the identity
thief's
fake addresses designated in locations
in Tennessee,
New York, & Washington.

But, this Katrina identity thief did not just stop
there. He further perpetrated his fraud by even
opening up fake companies in D.C. and Alexandria,
Virginia.

Our tip for today is one of extended service.

So, coming on the 1 year anniversary of the
devastating hurriance Katrina, reach out to
any friends or loved ones you know who were
displaced. Let them know they are or could
have already been the target of identity
thieves.

Let those friends or loved ones know they should
contact any of three major credit bureaus to have
their credit report flagged for Katrina victim
status. Also, if the state they are currently
residing in is one of the 22 which allows for
a "credit freeze" to be placed on their credit
report - take full advantage of this important
right to protect their future.

4 Comments:

At 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is awful of that man to steal money from people who really need it.

Instead of sentencing him to prison, maybe a better punishment would be to send him the Katrina disaster areas to clean up or rebuild the people's homes that he stole from.

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger Nathan said...

This is so hard to swallow. It's hard to believe today that people who lost their houses, jobs, and lives back home now have to worry about this. This has to be one of the most heartless things I've read in a while.

The best way to prevent ID theft is to often monitor your assets. We can not expect these victims to be able to monitor these things when they are trying to get their lives back together.

 
At 12:00 AM, Blogger agent99 said...

Absolutely!

Thanks, Nathan for your keen insight.

Your right, there is absolutely no compassion in the hearts of some of these identity thieves.

Victimizing even further the people who have already been physically and emotionally devastated is a real shame.

Make sure to tell your friends about this article so they can warn any family members to seek credit monitoring protection.

Usually all it takes is a call to the credit bureaus toll free phone numbers , so those innocent victims don't even need to have a computer or internet access.

 
At 12:01 AM, Blogger agent99 said...

...and the toll free numbers to get credit freezes (depending on what state they now reside in) and/or credit monitoring started:

Experian Security Freeze
PO Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
(972) 390-4172


Equifax Security Freeze
PO Box 105788
Atlanta, GA 30348


TransUnion Security Freeze
PO Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
(888) 909-8872

 

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