Identity Theft from the Dead
List of deaths, intended to prevent identity theft, is used for identity theft:
Ironically, the government produces the monthly Death Index so that banks and other lenders can prevent people from applying for credit using a dead person's information -- the index is made public by the Department of Commerce under the Freedom of Information Act. The caper Kirkland's accused of mastering apparently exploits a loophole, by taking over accounts that are already open.
Posted on April 25, 2008 at 6:01 AM • 21 Comments