This is the second installment in what is a brilliant piece of journalism – To Catch an Identity Thief.
You can also see the first half of “To Catch an Identity Thief”.
In the end, there are a few things you should know.
#1 – even if you follow all of the tips offered to protect your identity, it’s still easy to steal. There are some incredibly gifted people in the world who are using their gifts to scam people.
#2 – There are many places in the world where your information is easily accessed.
#2 – Law enforcement and undercover operations often are the ones operating the chat boards that Dateline is talking about in these videos. Law enforcement operates these boards, frequently in an attempt to keep things under control in the online world of identity theft and the selling of your information. Unfortunately, this allows criminals to congregate and work together more easily, and often actually enables crime to occur. It’s the nature of the beast, and is arguably the best way for law enforcement to try and take some of these people down. In the process though, there is what is known as collateral damage – innocent people who are victims in order set up enough evidence to arrest these criminals. There are those who argue that these message boards operated by law enforcement should be forced offline by public pressure. What do you think?
#3 – There are many places in the world that might actually not be all that against the theft of American dollars from Americans, so long as those dollars end up being spent in their country, prosecuting the people who commit these crimes isn’t necessarily high on their priority lists.
Other notes added on:
Here’s the fake obituary announcement that is relevant to Ericka’s comments below.