Friday, September 01, 2006

Help Catch an Identity Thief

Want to contribute in an active identity
theft man hunt? Join in on this identity theft
"reality" episode to help out law enforcement
track down a criminal victimizing a Hurricane
Katrina victim.

The identity thief, caught on tape by a Lowe's
retail store surveillance camera, appears below.

Help-Catch-an-Identity-Thief-audio post - click to play

Thisidentity thief, since July 11, has charged
more than $40,000 worth of goods at more than
15 stores across North Carolina.

The identity thief, evidently, has been using
the stolen identity of a New Orlean's area man
who was displaced a year ago by the devastating
Hurricane Katrina.

But the Louisiana man has learned he's being
ravaged again not by Mother Nature but by
an unscrupulous identity thief on a spending
spree. Some of the items purchased by this
shameless identity thief included:

  • Two lawn mowers
  • A Diamond ring

In only a month and a half, this identity thief
has managed to scam the following stores:

  • Lowe's
  • Radio Shack
  • Zales Jewelry
His area of focus has been evidently in the
Raleigh - Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill communities.

So, our tip for today is to help assist law
enforcement with any information you
have to take a shameless
identity thief off
the streets.

The Smithfield police ask that anyone who
can help identify the man in the Lowe's
surveillance photo call 934-2121.


At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides your point well taken that this identity thief was grossly taking advantage of a Katrina victim, the key lesson learned I gained from today's article is just how fast an identity thief can work against you.

Now I understand much more clearly why you guys advocate having an electronic early warning system in place for your credit accounts.

In almost the same amount of time it takes for one normal billing cycle to generate your credit card statements, your life can be changed forever by an identity thief who has dedicated his energies to defrauding your available credit.

This makes me wonder just how many other identity thieves do not get caught.

At 12:36 AM, Anonymous General Grant said...

Agent 99, this is a great idea for a new reality TV show, sort of like Cops.

If only, to make it work, we had more surveillance photos of identity thieves caught in the action.


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