A recent incident of identity theft in Alameda presents a scary scenario of what can go wrong in this age of easy Internet access and Web sites for everyone.
A 44-year-old Alameda woman and her 19-year-old daughter were the victims of a cruel identity theft when an ex-boyfriend of the woman posted her photo taken from her MySpace page and one of the teen taken from the girl's Facebook site. He posted the pictures on Craigslist.org with very graphic information soliciting calls to the two women for sexual purposes.
Moreover, he posted their address and phone number. The woman found out when she began to get calls.
She contacted Craigslist, which immediately pulled the posting, and she called the police. The police were able to track down the person suspected of posting the information, who could face charges of identity theft because he used personal information without their permission.
While this is an extreme incident, police say identity theft is all too common these days. And while young people may do such postings as pranks, it's not a joke. It can go terribly wrong, and the pain and problems are immeasurable
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