So easy it should barely be criminal

Feds Charge California Woman With Stealing IDs From the Dead | Threat Level from Wired.com

Tracy June Kirkland, 42, allegedly used Rootsweb.com to find the names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of people who, shall we say, had no further need for their consumer credit lines. She then “would randomly call various credit card companies to determine if the deceased individual had an … account,” according to the 15-count indictment (.pdf) filed in federal court in Los Angeles Tuesday.

Gosh, if I were a bank, and already subscribed to that list (which is used to prevent scammers from opening new accounts in the name of dead people) I might also want to check it against existing accounts.

Nah….

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