To Catch An Identity Thief – Dateline NBC

To catch an identity thief is a dateline NBC special that ran about a week ago. Dateline went out using Dan Clements’ (from Card Cops) help, the help of a few credit card companies, and the use of their programmers, to create an entire world in order to ensnare an identity thief.
What they show in these videos is a lot of what we show you here on IdentityTheftSecrets.com, so it’s good that they’re contributing to educating people. We’ve taked a lot on IdentityTheftSecrets about phishing and we’ve even shown you Cardersmarket.com, where people’s information is actually being bought and sold, still to this day.
What’s so amazing and scary about this series of videos (that Dateline did such an excellent job with) is that these people are being duped into thinking that what they’re doing is actually a good thing. They believe that they actually have some sort of business, and that the person they’re working with is actually a real legitimate person.
In fact, what’s actually happening is that they’re committing a crime. They don’t even know that they’re committing a crime, but when it comes down to it they could be charged for being an accessory. Ignorance of laws is never a defense.
The other thing that could happen to these people who have been duped. Is that they can actually be sued by the people whose credit card numbers were used to purchase this merchandise. The credit card companies could also sue these people. Even though they aren’t the ones using the credit card. They are the ones accepting the merchandise.
One of the things that is really sad about an identity thief preying on this sort of a person. Is it that what they’re preying on is these people’s insecurities about themselves.
You’ll see here in these videos that these are people who are looking for a husband or a wife, or that they are lacking something in their current relationships. And what this identity thief (or identity Theft Ring) is providing, in addition to a source of income, is a boost to these people’s egos. The thief is also providing for these people a sense of companionship that these individuals have likely not had in their lives, (at least from the looks of things not recently in their lives).





It is important to remember that anyone can be taken by one of these thieves. Anyone can fall victim to one of these scams.
But often, the people who get into it the deepest, are those who are pulled in using their emotional insecurities about themselves.
And that’s what’s really sad.
What’s also really sad is that the overseas identity thief is free to continue this crime with another ignorant person, at another time, in a different place.
While the intention of this show is good, what they are doing is attacking effects, rather then the root of the problem.
The root is the fact that social security numbers are simply too valuable.
The only thing that keeps this guy out of jail is that he’s agreed to help Dateline.

 

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7 Responses to “To Catch An Identity Thief – Dateline NBC”

  1. thinsurface Says:

    You hit the nail on the head with this one, I’m really glad you’re speaking up and trying to help educate people about these crimes. People really need to start learning how to protect themselves, no one else is going to!

  2. Mexican in WA Says:

    I just saw that program and it was so interesting, reason for which I visited this website.
    I just would say that if something sounds/looks so good to be true, it’s better not to mess around with it. The most possible thing is that is something weird/ilegal and you will get punished. Don’t even try it.

  3. Jame Cook Says:

    where is this chatroom…….

  4. trust your instincts Says:

    Met a man online and in 1 week he said he loved me and wanted to send me a check to hold for him as he was in England. I told him i didn’t want his check here and I was not going to give him my address.
    I had fun with it but had to laugh. After seeing your show i am sure he is a scammer. After the two week romance I told him he needed to look elsewhere.
    Trust your instincts. If it is to good to be true well???

  5. trust your instincts Says:

    Met a man online and in 1 week he said he loved me and wanted to send me a check to hold for him as he was in England. I told him i didn’t want his check here and I was not going to give him my address.
    I had fun with it but had to laugh. After seeing your show i am sure he is a scammer. After the two week romance I told him he needed to look elsewhere.
    Trust your instincts. If it is to good to be true well???

  6. Irina Says:

    I am identity theft victim. it is hard to recover from identity theft. it ruins your credit and your life. However, police or FBI do not want to do anything. Someone keeps calling me from a “non-working ” number offering me money from grant, or asking to pay, or offering money to consolidate dept, or telling me I won a prize. Today he called me again, I played along, asked to call me back after he e-mails me some information. I called police asking to trace the call where it come from and catch the thief. Nope, police do not do that. I called FBI. Same answer. I feel police and FBI want this criminals to get away. Is here some benefit to police that or to the banks that criminals get away with stealing money from innocent people? Definetely there is a new business – monitoring credit, freezing, unfreexing credit for a fee… Someone is enjoying some benefit from the whole thing…I feel frustrated because it seems that it could be so easy to catch – just trace my phone, and send police to get him. He is from Eastern time, meaning he is in US, not in India. But no,it is too much trouble and this person will ruin some lives of innocent victims who will give him their accounts and social security numbers. The victims will pay for identity monitoring services and so on… Maybe I should learn how to steal identities – it is safer than any other other crime and benefit is huge…. You get millions and never get caught….Really, you do not get caught. Sad but I feel it is true.

  7. Christopher A. Lyons Says:

    Your broad cast was very informative and that I need to thank you.
    But your showing of the immodest photos was definitely overdone.
    You could have still produced a quality show without displaying the photos as times every few seconds.
    Sincerely,
    Christopher A. Lyons – in New York State