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.