Sunday, April 02, 2006

Even At My Age I Have to Worry About Identity Theft

Boy, did my eyes pop wide open when I came across this bit of news. I figured at my age I had nothing to be worried about when it came to identity theft, but obviously I was wrong:

When a mother decided to open a savings account for her 18-month-old son this month, she was stunned to learn that someone else had beaten her to it.

Police say that a man with a record of identity fraud had taken the toddler's Social Security number and opened two accounts with Citizens Bank in Worcester and tried to obtain a Registry of Motor Vehicles identification card. By the time the boy's mother learned about the scam, the thief had deposited $19,000 in fraudulent checks, police said.

That's just crazy!

1 comment:

My Boaz's Ruth said...

It seems to me that it's kind of smart on the hands of identity thiefs. After all, how many years will it generally be before you are caught if you steal the identity of an infant versus another adult?

Of course, partially I guess it depends on the reason for stealing the identity.