used to obtain I.D. theft info
page created 2002 Dec 11
|VIDEO # 2
notes from the NBC Dateline documentary
- catching Identity Thieves trading IDs in chat rooms
the episode is called
‘To Catch an ID Thief’
|The Premise||Dateline is
famous for creating "undercover" situations to expose criminal and unethical
In this 2007 episode (broadcast first in March 2007) Chris Hansen of Dateline NBC news uses a chatroom to watch how hackers trade ID information stolen from innocent victims, and then use that credit card info to make fraudulent purchases. Then they try to track down who those people are.
|Accompanying website||Dateline, like
most TV news programs, has an accompanying website on which you can review
the segments that made up this episode.
The website (current in Nov
2007) is here
If you do not have time to
view the segments online, you can read the text of the dialogue online
and who got
|BTW - when you
view the first segment of the episode, you'll meet a guy "Jeff Ball" who
got tricked by a woman (Wendy Kenson) he met on the internet. Jeff was
conned into believing Wendy wanted to marry him.
This is a pic which "Wendy"
sent to Jeff
This is Jeff
Does this "match" look real to you !!!!!!!!
The trick involved Jeff agreeing to receive goods fraudulently bought with stolen credit cards, then shipping these to "Wendy"
It turns out that Jeff is
a real guy who just didn't know this was happening to him.
|Who is Wendy||
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