Friday, August 28, 2009

Fed Chairman suffers ID theft

One of our many friends just sent me this heads up.

"No one is safe from identity theft, not even the chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Ben Bernanke 's personal checking account became entangled in an elaborate identity-theft scheme after his wife Anna's purse was stolen last August at a Capitol Hill Starbucks . According to a District of Columbia police report, it contained her Social Security card, checkbook, credit cards and IDs.

It's not been revealed how much money was stolen from the Bernankes' account. But someone started cashing checks on their bank account just days after the purse was stolen from her chair. The thefts helped fuel an ongoing investigation into a sophisticated ring."
http://money.aol.com/article/bernanke-personal-bank-account-struck-by/643359?cid=5

When you read this you will come to the realization that we are all very vulnerable. The reason this does not make headline news is because no one knows how to stop it and so we don't want to panic the public. We also are so broke as a nation that we don't have the resources to fight back.

It's grim out there. The bad guys are winning.

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