"Identity Theft Increases Due to 'Dumpster Diving'"
The Pioneer News Thursday, June 7, 2001 6 Identity Theft Increases Due to ‘Dumpster Diving’ By Erik Smith Staff Writer cally this use is for economic some of the items a criminal After obtaining all of these gain. may find useful if given the things, the criminal then filed Unlike a person’s finger- chance are social security num- for bankruptcy in the victim’s A ccording to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the issue of identity theft and fraud has prints, which are unique and cannot be stolen or given to bers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers and tele- name. The victim in this case spent more than four years and become more immediate for anyone else, the personal infor- phone calling card numbers. $15,000 to restore his credit and residents of the San Francisco mati on most people carry For its victims, identity theft reputation. Bay Area than in any other time. around on a daily basis can be and fraud can be a horrible and The criminal in this case was Identity theft and fraud are extremely profitable to a crimi- life-altering experience. They eventually caught but made no terms used to refer to crimes in nal if it falls into their posses- report many victims of the restitution. which someone wrongfully ob- sion. crime have such things as un- To avoid becoming a victim tains and uses another person’s The United States Depart- authorized people taking funds of identity theft or fraud, the de- personal data in ways that in- ment of Justice Fraud and Iden- out of their bank accounts, run- partment says, there are some volve fraud or deception. Typi- tity Theft Department claims ning up enormous debts, or in steps a person can take. the worst cases, the perpetra- Remembering the acronym tor of the crime assumes the “SCAM” can be the best tool. identity of the victim while com- The “S” stands for “stingy.” mitting other serious crimes. People should always be stingy Many times the victims of about giving out personal data identity theft and fraud are held to anyone unless there is strong responsible for the financial reason to trust them. losses. They may also be held The letter “C” stands for accountable for substantial “check.” It is always a good costs associated with correct- idea to keep track of financial i ng erroneous i nformati on information and check it regu- which the criminal was respon- larly for indiscretions. The let- sible for and fees associated ter “A” is a reminder to “ask” with restoring the victim’s repu- periodically for a copy of credit tation and good standing in the reports. Finally, “M” is a re- community. minder to “maintain” careful Most people do not realize banking and financial records. how simple it can be for a crimi- According to the Federal nal to gather personal informa- Trade Commission, if anyone tion. has had personal information Bobby Lee’s According to the Department of Justice, the old fashioned lost or stolen or has any reason to believe he might have be- Country Smoke House way of breaking into a car or home has been improved and come the victim of identity theft of fraud, there are certain steps updated. to follow. 850 Sycamore Street at Mission • Hayward, CA 94544 The department says that in First, act immediately. The public places, criminals can get FTC says quick action mini- Quality Catering the information they need from you by applying a technique mizes the risk or damage that may occur. Second, the person available for any which is known as “shoulder must call all credit card, calling surfing.” card, bank card companies to Event or Function A criminal who is “shoulder surfing” is generally watching cancel their accounts or change passwords. WE SPECIALZE IN... or lurking nearby while the vic- Finally, the FTC recommends • BBQ RIBS • MESQUITE BBQ CHICKEN BEST DISCOUNT CENTER! tim is punching in a telephone calling card number or credit that the victim call Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union, the • HOT LINKS • SANTA MARIA TRI-TIPS card number. three principal credit reporting • JUMBO OLD FASHION HOT DOGS DURANT MARKETPLACE Another technique cited by the DOJ is “dumpster diving.” companies, and the Social Secu- rity Office to place them on When employing the “dumpster alert. 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The Pioneeris seeking • 10 lb Assorted Marinaded Chicken Pieces Closed Tuesdays • 5 lb Hot links In one infamous case of iden- tity theft, the criminal charged writers, photographers • 5 lb Garlic Sausage $ 56.00(No Substitutions) 10970 International Blvd. & Durant Ave, Oakland more than $100,000 of credit card debt, obtained a federal home loan, bought homes, mo- and editors for the torcycles, and handguns in the summer. victim’s name. 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