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Don't think that will pass.....but I have become a bit paranoid.. checking my bank and credit card accounts on a daily basis...
I do too dickeyboy.....I ordered airline tickets once with a credit card and had a problem because there were more than 6 seats for an overseas flight. I was told to contact the airline. Don't know why other than the fact they could only handle 6 per online purchase. I called the 800 number, got the tickets and felt that was it. Sure enough, someone got my credit card number and started buying like a fool. My credit union, Pentagon Federal, caught it immediately, froze the account and called me and and asked about the charges....whew.....was I ever lucky. As far as my local bank goes...the folks there are great about it...they watch over everyone's accounts like hawks.
Yikes! Did you have a bad experience?! Don't click the link for that FREE IPAD!!!
That would be ruled Discriminatory by the Supreme Court.
One does have to wonder why harsher action is not taken against those that are caught. Even more so, one has to wonder how so many of these frauds, and income tax filings come out of Prisons. Plus, why is the money not recovered? Very small recoveries are made in comparison to the theft amount.
Also many of these scoundrels live in other countries, which makes it harder to prosecute.
True oldster, my 800 call I made for the airline tickets went to a call center in the Philippines....at least it wasn't to India....and the credit union security people said he apparently gave my number to a relative in Miami and one in one of the Carolinas who went on a spending spree. I had a jazillion papers to sign but it was all done by electronic signature so no bother mailing papers back and forth, and all calls were recorded. It was nearly 2 years ago and have had no problems since.
I can take you further. The post office has hired the thugs. They are also stealing social security checks hence the direct deposits. These are being done inside the post office in Atlanta. My husband's check was stolen and we have a PO Box, so it is never outside of the post office. The clerk said that the week before had not gotten their checks either. The taxpayers have to replace this money, and some last month had taken $700,000. At this rate between the politicians and thugs both stealing we will have no money left in 4 years.
One correction Chinaberry25, there is no money left today.
I think the penalty you are suggesting is a bit extreme but do agree that the current punishment (if caught) is far too lenient. I do remember reading recently that Albany was at the top of the list for identity theft in the US...
somebody has been watching FAUX NEWS again.......
Our government is training more people to expect free stuff. These trained people are then vulnerable to the lures used by the thieves. Crime breeds crime. It always has, it always will.
My experience: Called a local bank and had a CD rolled over into a money market account. In a few days, a number of blank checks were mailed to me with my name, account number, etc. (I never received the blank checks.) On my first statement there appeared about six of those checks, cashed here in Albany, Waycross and as far away as Atlanta, all at the same grocery store. I say the blank checks never left the bank - or didn't get through the post office. I can't begin to enumerate here the frustration, anxiety and time before this matter was settled. Why would banks take that chance?? And it still happens from a credit card account I no longer use!! lol
Was it a large chain grocery store or a smaller one? Just curious?
It's hard enough to get someone executed for murder these days, no matter how many people they murder. And if they get a death sentence they get their lives extended many years via appeals and retrials etc. So I don't think there is a ghost of a chance a person will be sentenced to death for identity theft and fraud.
The simple solution to these problems is to stop having mail delivered to you. Do all banking in person, pick up check orders from the bank, start direct deposit, pay online, check credit card and bank balances daily. Reduce the opportunity for these criminals to have access to your information and cut off the route to your money.
If you don't have an identity theft protection plan, do your research and get one. The insurance is well worth the cost.
Punish the criminals to the fullest extent of the law. If we need more jails, build them. That'll help the economy. Get the inmates out working for the city, county or state.
You must be smart when using the Internet. ID thieves can easily get your info from phishing your email account or planting malware on your PC after you click on a pop-up.