Identity theft is one the common fraud schemes listed on the FBI's official website right now and Kim Kardashian knows all about it. But unlike other victims, she is seeing the 19-year-old who attempted to steal her identity (and who basically did, gaining money from her bank account as a result), be sentenced to three-and-a-half years for his crime, according to a Feb. 1 WENN News Vancouver report.
The reality celebrity and partner of Kanye West didn't make herself vulnerable to identity theft by falling for one of the many frauds or scams making the rounds in the U.S. right now and listed on the FBI's website under common frauds. Yet Luis Flores, Jr. was still able to gain access to the star's personal data, which included her social security number and her bank account numbers. And he was able to do the same with her mother, Kris Jenner, taking her for $71,000.
The idea of winning something for nothing will motivate some people to give up their personal data to a complete stranger, but that wasn't the case in this situation. But fortunately for the Kardashians, this teen criminal followed in his predecessors footsteps, eventually making a stupid mistake by trying to order replacement cards for the accounts--and have them sent to his Florida home. And he even sought to change the primary social security number on some accounts, as if someone wouldn't question that kind of change.
The U.S. Secret Service caught up with him then, and it is going to net him quite some time in a federal prison. But other celebrities and average citizens aren't so lucky as to see their identity thieves come to justice. And that's why it is important to pay attention to all the scam warning alerts as they are made public.
And that goes for the scams perpetrated in the form of sweepstakes opportunities, too, since they ask for personal data like your date of birth and other information. And if you purchase retail items and magazine subscriptions and pay for them at the same time you enter, you could be at risk for cyber crimes as well. Although that is not normally the case.
Be safe and smart while protecting yourself and loved ones from identity theft and more by visiting the FBI.gov website frequently for the latest updates on frauds and scams being perpetrated on the general public. Or make your life simple by following the Atlanta Top News Examiner by clicking on the subscribe link beside her name at the top of this page.
The Atlanta Top News Examiner Radell Smith has a degree in criminal justice and behavioral forensics. And she wants to make sure you are safe and smart when it comes to scams and frauds on the phone, through email or mail and while on the Internet.