Thursday, March 08, 2018
Russian identity theft scheme gets past usual fraud detection
Russia’s troll “animal farm” seems even more insidious that we thought a month ago.
The Russians were able to match up stolen social security numbers with driver’s licenses, Paypal, credit and bank accounts. The Verge has a more detailed story Feb. 16 by Russell Brandom, here.
That means that the normal fraud detection at institutions wouldn’t work.
Yet it seems as though this would involve setting up fake identities that don’t overlap the real person’s activities, otherwise it would be quickly detected.
The recent practice of porting smartphone numbers could have been involved.
I wonder about the phone call I just got offering me a $200,000 line of credit for no reason. Is there another copy of me overseas somewhere? Could I get arrested if I go overseas over this identity?