Identity Thieves Steal For Peanuts… Literally

The Wall Street Journal reports identity thieves are not just after that sweet, succulent plasma TV, but also that sweet, succulent fruit in the produce section.

In some twisted way, it makes sense when a criminal steals your identity to rip you off for thousands of dollars. You might call that normal crook behavior. But these days identity thieves, who now range from far-flung organized crime rings to local drug addicts, are also using your identity for the basics, such as groceries.

TVs stand out on your monthly statement. Visits to the grocery store do not.

Treat a stolen cantaloupe the same way you would treat a stolen TV. If someone is enjoying produce on your dime, put an immediate fraud alert on your credit report, and prepare for the worst. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER

FTC’s Identity Theft Site

(Photo: mahali)

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  1. homerjay says:

    I can’t believe you’re making the interns worn on Sunday morning….
    I hope Carey’s getting time and a half for that……

  2. Charles Duffy says:

    The photo is excellent — but the attribution link appears to be broken. That’s a shame, as I’d like to look at the original.

  3. Dustbunny says:

    “a stolen cantaloupe”

    Preferably a salmonella-infested cantaloupe.

  4. boston515 says:

    I hade this problem while studying abroad in Europe, September to November 2005. I had alerted my credit card company the dates I would be in Europe, not specific locations. I card was shut off while in London. I was able to instant message my boyfriend, who called my mom so that she could get online, too. She called the credit card company. There was a $400 purchase at an Albertson’s, and $300 at a wine & spirits store in Florida. The fraud people were nice enough to turn my card back on long enough for me to withdraw a specified amount of money from an ATM within 30 minutes from the end of the telephone call. I wasn’t even charged an ATM fee or international conversion rate. I haven’t had any problems since.