New identity theft scenarios

Thursday, 31 March 2005, 6:15 AM EST

Just wanted to let in all of my friends and family on a secret a learned while attending an Identity Theft class put on at the Ontario Convention Center on March 22, 2005.

While in the class we did a little experiment…we took a blank check and wrote on it with just a regular pen and then for the signature we used a “gel” pen. When you soak the check in some acetone (aka: nail polish remover) the regular ink disappears but not the “gel” pen ink. (If you don’t believe me, try it yourself) This is one of the easiest ways a “crook” can get money from your account. Beware that they don’t always soak the entire check, they leave your signature, and dab out the amount or just the amount area.

By Alex Moskalyuk.

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