Adventures in the Lone Star State

Identity Theft

Yesterday, I was walking home from campus, minding my own business, when I came across a person standing on the southwest corner of 800 North and 200 East. For those of you not familiar with BYU, this is a major intersection which a lot of students use to get to campus. The person had a sign advertising free lunches to those willing to listen to him. I already a nice lunch planned, so I decided that I’d talk to him on the way back (I had to return to campus for an afternoon class).

When I spoke with the guy (college age student), I find out that he was having students sign up for a credit card. He said that I could cancel it at any time. Anyway, he was giving people some money for signing up. Maybe BYU students are a little too trusting of people like that. If I were a bad person, I would use this opportunity to steal identities. Seriously, you fill out a form for a credit card and it has all the personal information one needs to steal your identity. If you pay people $5 to fill out the form, you could get a fair amount of naïve students to fall for your scam. Then you sell them on the black market.

Anyway, I’m not recommending you do this, but it’s amazing how careful one has to be.

March 23rd, 2007 at 12:39 am

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