Wisconsin Stoner Kid Steals Credit Card Numbers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – March 31, 2002

Boy says thefts taught victims a lesson, police say

A stoned 16-year-old Wisconsin boy has been stealing credit card information from people over the internet since he was 12. He used the same old email scam – with a twist. He would use a hacker tool to pull email addresses from people while they were chatting on AOL instant chat, and then send them an email that looked like it was from the America Online billing department.

Once he had their personal information, he went out and bought himself a nice bong, DVD player, and a pair of Air Jordans. His message to you? His victims should thank him because he was “teaching them a lesson.” Nice.


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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