Protected Identity Theft Scam Run by Inmate From Prison
How is it a man convicted for id theft can orchestrate
a seven state identity theft scheme - while still behind
bars in prison? And, legally be protected from search
and seizure of other people's personal information.
Apparently, this con called Holiday Inn hotels claiming to be
a company executive and told the hotel clerks law enforcement
was hunting for an escaped convict who may have checked in
to their property.
"He is extremely intelligent.
He is just not using his intelligence legally."
Evidently so as hotel clerks proceeded to give the con
mastermind the following confidential data on their guests
thus making them targets for identity theft:
- Room Numbers
- Credit Card information
The inmate, still locked up behind bars, but evidently with
plenty of phone access rights would then call the targeted
hotel guests. He would now pose as an official of the
guest's credit card company claiming there was "unusual
spending" on the targeted credit cards of his intended
Unbelieveably, this inmate would then ask for
the personal identification number (pin) on the
back of the credit card.
Let's quickly review the information this industrious inmate
was able to collect while locked up behind bars as a convicted
- Credit card account information
- Credit card PIN numbers
Basically, with this information our inmate could easily
shop online or via toll free catalog call centers
without the need to worry about payment.
His unsuspecting victims, courtesy of Holiday Inn, would
now be responsible for the fraudulent purchases.
But, even more astonishing was this inmate
also managed to acquire traffic tickets from
a local area court house containing other
people's personal information.
Prison officials could NOT confiscate those tickets as they
are considered legal documents and as such are part of
the protective rights of the inmate.
How ironic is it that a convicted inmate has legal protection
over the rights of other people's personal information?
Criminals, such as this identity theft mastermind, have
demonstrated how adept they are in understanding and
being able to easily exploit the loopholes of our legal and
Think again if you feel completely safe against identity
theft in its many forms.
So, our tip for today is to guard well your personal
Not just credit information, but also your public information
profile (pip) should be regularly checked to clear your good
name for any suspicious signs of identity theft fraud especially
the often times hidden types such as fraudulent traffic tickets
which can easily cost you hundreds of extra dollars in your car
Remember, the criminals have the means, motive, and the time
to figure out how to beat the system and make you a victim - if
you do not take action to defeat them first.
Finally, tell a friend or associate about the shocking truth of this