Want to Go To Paris? Use Someone Else’s Identity.


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Meet the new face of Identity theft. Or at least one of the young faces of Identity theft.
Two apparently white collar, otherwise normal college students (well, one recently graduated) have found themselves in police custody.
Jocelyn Kirsch is (was, before this) a Drexel University student and her boyfriend, Edward Anderton, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Their alleged crime?
Oh, nothing really.
Just taking the personal information from people in their apartment complex and using it to visit Paris, Hawaii, and do other odds and ends… like have $17,500 in cash (on hand) in their apartment.
I definitely don’t want to laugh at someone else’s misery, but what really amazes me about this, more than anything else, is this part of the article.

The fraud scheme paid for jaunts to Paris, London and Hawaii and a stop at a tony salon for $1,700 worth of hair extensions, police said.


I don’t have any idea what a Tony Salon is, but $1700 on hair extensions?
How is that even possible?
If you’re going to steal someone’s information, especially the people around you, it’s probably a good idea to not come back to the people around you, or your university.
They allegedly stole the information of people living around them, and like most, assumed that they wouldn’t be, or never thought that they would be caught.
Does anyone have any idea how they could assume they wouldn’t be caught? Or how you can spend $1700 on a hairstyle?

2 thoughts on “Want to Go To Paris? Use Someone Else’s Identity.”


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    Chris says:

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    It goes to show how easy it is to be an identity thief. They made $100,000 this year at the expense of their condo neighbors, and they were only caught when one of their neighbors finally got suspicious about a UPS package she didn’t order. The scary thing is, how far could they have gone if they were more professional?


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    Adam says:

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    Should be called “Hot Chick steals IDs”
    Check out this article:
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/07/15/couple.fraud.ap/index.html
    What if they had been foreign exchange students and had already gone home…would they ever be prosecuted or caught? How long could they keep going?

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