Only on 4: Identity thieves hit Somersett, smile for credit card photos

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Updated: 3/08/2013 1:49 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV)- At least eight Reno residents have recently found themselves victim to identity theft.  After speaking to each other, they believe the only thing they have in common is that they all live within a two block radius in Somersett.  For three of the victims the thieves might have left something behind that might be as good as a fingerprint.

Three people applied for Costco American Express credit cards using the names and identities of Reno residents.  Those same people had their picture taken for the card and the cards were sent to the victims homes. The woman we spoke with showed us her current Costco card  with her picture on it, beside a new Costco credit card that has her name on it but someone elses face. The victims hope that the photos will be helpful in finding the suspects and making an arrest.  According to Reno Police they have started an investigation into these crimes but if anyone recognizes the people to call Secret Witness at 322-4900.

The thieves racked up tens of thousands of dollars in purchases at various retail stores including Costco throughout the Bay Area and even Arizona.  One victim says he has nearly $20,000 in credit card bills.
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roseanya - 3/4/2013 12:15 PM
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About 20 years ago, while signing up for a grocery card I mentioned to the cashier that the guy behind me could hear here--yet she kept asking me to SAY my SSN..... I.D. theft is a violent crime and should be punished as such.

Kramer - 3/2/2013 2:09 PM
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so-called "patriot" act requires banks, etc. to collect your physical address. Then, even if U have a P.O. Box, they like to mail U a card and/or use that resdential ZIP code. so Y bother 2 think "outside the box"?

Billy - 3/2/2013 10:15 AM
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The latest craze in identity theft is not only theft of financial identity, but theft of an entire identity, leaving the victim having to prove they are who they say they are. In *total* identity theft that's not as easy as it might sound.

lindag - 3/1/2013 6:48 PM
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one of the last violations that my ex did to me 2 1/2 years ago, was mail fraud---can anyone prove it---no---because do you rec. or mail everything certified--hell no--yes this is scary----he was taking my out-going payments and destroying them--gee thanks--almost had all of my utilities shut off--

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