Joshua Gans II

Econblogger Joshua Gans has been a recent victim of identity fraud. Fortunately, he doesn’t seem to have suffered too badly as a result. But the incident has prompted me to rethink the amount of personal information that I have online. So one negative externality of the fraudsters will be that you can expect a little less discussion about my birthday, the names of those in my family, and my neighbourhood.  

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  1. Sinclair Davidson says:

    ID ‘theft’ happened to Mrs D. A large US auto company with a finance arm issued a credit card to the thief who then purchased all sorts of stuff and we received the bill. Luckily, they were only able to acquire Mrs Ds initial and not her name (slightly unusual) and had guessed the wrong name. So it was quite easy for us to prove the theft. The card firm must have reneged on the payment to the retailer because they then contacted us (on the false pretence of a consumer satisfaction follow up) and tried to extract payment with threats of police action etc. To which we replied that we were happy to cooperate with any police enquiry and that was the last of it.

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