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Celebrities Targeted By Identity Thieves

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While the intense scrutiny of famous individuals may seem glamorous, there are still everyday dangers that
they face in life – including the theft of their identity. Actually, being in the public eye
places
celebrities at more risk for becoming a victim of identity theft that affects athletes, musicians,
actors,
actresses, and even politicians. Whether you are the high-flying Michael Jordan or the talkative Oprah
Winfrey, celebrity identity theft is a reality.

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While the intense scrutiny of famous individuals may seem glamorous, there are still everyday dangers that
they face in life – including the theft of their identity. Actually, being in the public eye
places
celebrities at more risk for becoming a victim of identity theft that affects athletes, musicians,
actors,
actresses, and even politicians. Whether you are the high-flying Michael Jordan or the talkative Oprah
Winfrey, celebrity identity theft is a reality.

When it comes to celebrity identity theft, there are many different ways a thieve gains entrance into
the
private life of famous individuals. While some steal credit card numbers, others simply hack into cell phones,
as seen in the case of Paris Hilton.

Some identity thieves are notorious for finding clever ways on how to manipulate the system in order to create
havoc. A recently discovered identity theft ring in the Northeastern Philadelphia used the postal service
to
illegally reroute celebrity mail by using a change of address form that involved a target list including
Jennifer Lopez, Michael Vick, Whitney Houston, Paris Hilton, and Patti LaBelle. It is also believed that
one
suspect used their ties with the Internal Revenue Service to gain personal information.

It is also not uncommon to see a criminal misuse or steal multiple identities of celebrities at one time,
as in the case of Abraham Abdallah, who infiltrated the privacy of countless celebrities. Using the Internet
seen
to retrieve important details on the likes of Oprah Winfrey, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Abdallah is
thought to have attempted to steal $22 million, as he opened mailboxes in various names to aid in his criminal
activity. Using a copy of the Forbes top 400 list of wealthiest individuals, he easily chose who he would
target. When arrested, he had notations spanning the Social Security numbers, home addresses, and birth dates
of various company executives, celebrities, and wealthy tycoons. In his possession, he had accumulated more
than 400 stolen credit card numbers.

Some of the tools and resources that identity thieves use to steal from others are easily accessible. Abdallah
was able to manipulate various companies, such as the credit reporting Equifax, which he used to obtain
detailed credit reports. He used library computers, cell phones with Internet access, virtual voicemail,
and
courier services to target celebrities. Once enough information was gathered in order to pose as celebrities,
he was able to collect credit card numbers and important financial records.

While celebrities are often targeted in regards to identity theft, those caught in the act are severely
punished. The man who stole the identity of Tiger Woods was convicted and sentenced under the "three strikes"
law in California, where he was given 200 years in prison. As for Abdallah, he was charged with criminal
impersonation, forgery, and fraud with a bail set at $1 million.

Be Alert for Your Own Self & Loved Ones, too!

Take steps to safeguard your private, personal and financial information, as well as that of your loved ones.
Help by alerting others to this info and share tips with them for their safety.

				
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