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ID theft scam in NY has victims in 30 states

Two New York women are accused of scamming $75,000 from victims in 30 states by posting phony Craigslist ads for nonexistent jobs and apartments.

A Long Island prosecutor has announced identity theft charges against the woman and her niece.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Thursday a grand jury filed grand larceny and other charges against the pair earlier this week. Her spokesman said the women will be arraigned at a later date. Defense attorneys did not immediately respond to calls for comment.

Prosecutors say the pair posted online ads and then asked responders to provide personal information, including Social Security numbers.

The women then allegedly used the information to file more than 250 phony tax returns, obtain bank loans and credit cards in the victims’ names.

From AP

Category: Identity Theft News
Posted on January 27, 2012 at 09:18 AM | Permalink