An 83-year-old Hoboken woman knew the foreclosure notices that kept coming in the mail weren’t kosher. So she made a call. Soon after, Hudson County authorities charged her granddaughter’s husband with using identity theft to filch $400,000 from her to build an addition onto his own house.
Last month, a 68-year-old North Jersey car salesman pulled a similar stunt, pocketing $150,000 of his father-in-law’s money by impersonating him, authorities said.
In both cases, the victims were sharp enough to seek help.
Sure, some people aren’t as savvy as others when it comes to scams of any kind. Or they simply aren’t willing to believe that they’ve been victimized by a devil they know, rather than some computer hacker or spammer.
Fact is: Relatives, friends and neighbors make up half of all known identity thieves, according to the Better Business Bureau.
Are you savvy enough about identity theft? To find out, take this quiz: IDsafety.net