Monday, October 01, 2018
Porch thieves use stolen personal data to create fake credit accounts in homeowner's names
WJLA7 has uncovered a new identity theft scam, whereby thieves who have obtained stolen personal information from a security breach on the Internet, order credit cards in the victim’s name and steal them from a porch before the victim comes home. Here is the story.
The scheme only works with houses or townhouses accessible from the street where the thief has a home address that matches normal credit reporting company records.
In some cases, thieves stake out FedEx or UPS or even US Mail deliveries. Homeowners can stifle the plans with camera surveillance, but often don’t find out until they see a credit report or a bank texts them about an unusual charge.