Identity
Theft on
the Rise in
Manhattan

I Know You
Stole My
Visa Card,
Cindy

by Cindy Stopher
Post Manhattan Reporter
conner by Conner Banks
Post Manhattan Reporter

 

There has been a 300% increase in identity-theft-related crimes on Manhattan Island for the first half of 2008, a Federal Bureau of Investigation report revealed Friday.
"Thousands of professionals who work downtown have had their credit cards fraudulently charged on," said Special Agent Josiah Anderson from the FBI's New York offices at 1540 Broadway.
"At this point, we suspect hackers got ahold of a local business' customer list and credit card numbers," said Special Agent Anderson.
It's just a matter of time until we trace it all back to one or two businesses," Anderson said.
There has NOT been any drastic increase in Manhattan identity theft cases lately.
The FBI has not released any reports of such a nature and if they had, it wouldn't have been from 1540 Broadway, which is the Time Square Planet Hollywood.
Special Agent Josiah Anderson does not exist.
I know you stole my Visa card, Cindy.
You're not going to get away with this.
I noticed it missing from my wallet a couple of weeks ago, but didn't think anything of it at the time.
You've written down the number since then, haven't you?
Or have you just memorized it?
I figure you copied my social security number off of my pay stub.
And congratulations- you figured out that my PIN was based on my dog Zelda's name.
Is P.F. Jones?
 
   

 

Unfortunately, though, the case is not that simple.
Whoever stole the card numbers also accessed the customers' social security numbers and, in many cases, their PIN numbers as well.
"You'd be surprised how easy it is to find a lot of that information on the web," said Anderson. "you don't have to steal a wallet or root through someone's trash anymore."
Special Agent Anderson says PIN numbers are also easier to figure out than many users think.
"A lot of people make the mistake of using a loved one's name or birthday- information that's easy to track down," said Anderson. "They also use the same PIN or password for multiple accounts, which just makes identity theives work that much easier."

You're so clever.
I tried to dispute $543 you spent over the internet, but apparently you had the merchandise sent to my office.
So you remember to be my secretary when signing my name on packages?
My bank threatened to press fraud charges after that.
After the last statement showed $300 spent at Victoria's Secret, my wife threatened to leave me.
She was going to take the dog, too.
I won't let you ruin my life, Cindy.
If you're going to continue this behavior, I'll be forced to deal with you accordingly.
Consider yourself warned.

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