Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dallas Cowboys potential player dropped after real life identity theft in a convenience store robbery; will he be reinstated?

Identity theft can result in job loss or being cut from a pro sports team, as Lucky Whitehead was dropped from the Dallas Cowboys after someone was arrested in Prince William County, Virginia for a theft at a convenience school and claimed to be him, even with social security number.  NBC News has a typical story here.

Lucky maintains he even wasn’t in Virginia at the time of the offense. But it appears that so far the Cowboys are unwilling to reinstate him, saying there had already been some other problems (story). So he was not “lucky”.

It seems that sometimes you are responsible for the use of your own identity, no matter what. 

Ironically, there is a another story where a University of Oregon Ducks football player was arrested for perpetrating identity theft.

Update: Aug. 10

Whitehead has been reported to be picked up by the New York Jets.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

More sites offer background checks on individuals

I stumbled across a couple more sites that offer public records information:, and Whitepages.  Mylife even offers a public “reputation score” and lists a number of personal activities without the reader’s being a member.  Records from theses sites may come up on Google searches of the formal legal name. 

Some such sites claim that the subjects will not know “you” have checked up on them. 

Mylife did not have one on me, but did have one on a relative in the Midwest.
I generally will not look at these unless there is a “business” reason.  

This would certainly seem to matter for "online reputation." 

Sunday, July 02, 2017

People skills of debt collectors

Just recalling those two-plus months I worked as a debt collector in Minnesota in 2003.

I can remember being told when asking for a person who picks up the phone, to pretend being a “friend” of the person (in the days before Facebook).  I’m not much of a manipulator or imposter, although this is how stings are set up, too.