Identity Theft Scam Targets Retail Shoppers


KOMO4 News – Seattle – March 7, 2002

New Identity Scam Preys On Shoppers And Unwitting Sales Clerks

Here’s a completely new scam that happens while you’re shopping. The con artist calls the clerk from a cell phone while you’re checking out, claiming to be store security. He gives the clerk a physical description and asks them to read off the information from the transaction (credit card number, bank number, etc.).

Don’t believe it? It happened to Penelope Chanel in Seattle…



Author: Dave Nielsen

I started using computers in 1978 on the Apple II and was first online (using my “high-speed” 1200 baud modem) in 1989. I’ve managed web sites for several Fortune 500 companies and for internet start-ups. Working for one of those start-ups is what brought me into the world of credit. I was part of the the executive team that ran QSpace, the first company to offer credit reports over the internet.

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