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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Identity theft's version of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."  Humphrey Bogart uttered this famous quote in Casablanca.  An identity theft victim in Seattle thought something very similar when an identity thief visited her customer service desk and tried to open an account in her name using a fake id in her name. 

Twenty-three year old Michelle McCambridge was working as a customer service representative at a J.C. Penney when a person presented a fake id with McCambridge's name on it to her and tried to open a credit account in McCambridge's name. 

McCambridge, shocked at first, quickly composed herself and excused herself to alert J.C. Penney's security.  Unfortunately, police could not arrest the identity thief right there, but used surveillance video of her to link her and several others who were allegedly responsible for stealing 39 identities.

"Out of how many customer-service desks, out of how many registers she could have gone to, and she had to come to me?" McCambridge said. "It was fate."

Bet that identity thief and her friends are cursing their bad luck from their jail cells.

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