Identity Theft Central

30 May ’06

The NYT runs an alarming piece on why Arizona is a hot-spot for identity theft. The article features the details on how some theft scams work. Sample:

But the suspect showed officers something they had not seen before. Browsing a government Web site, he pulled up a local divorce document listing the parties’ names, addresses and bank account numbers, along with scans of their signatures. With a common software program and some check stationery, the document provided all he needed to print checks in his victims’ names — and it was all made available, with some fanfare, by the county recorder’s office. The site had thousands of them.

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