These cases of identity theft will make you feel paranoid about the safety of your personal data. Let’s take a look at these creepy stories about identity fraud.
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8: Britanny Ossenfort
This weird case feels like something out of a creepy movie. Britanny Ossenfort first met her roommate Michelle through friends, and the two got a long together quite well. They shared a lot of similarities, and Michelle even had her hairstyle and color match Brittany’s. Things started getting a little creepy when Michelle got a tattoo on her hand that was the exact match as her roommate’s, but Brittany brushed away any weird thoughts, and the two continued living
7: Wendy Brown
Wendy Brown, a 34 year old mother from Wisconsin was so desperate to turn back time and relive her youth, she did the unthinkable. One day, She showed up at Ashwaubenon High School in Wisconsin, and enrolled herself using her 15 year old daughter’s identity who at that time was living with a relative outside the state. The mother got her own cheerleading outfit, and even went to a pool party with her new student friends. But when Wendy was no longer seen at class, school officials reported her for truancy
6: Nicole McCabe
For three years, Nicole Sandra McCabe had been living happily with her Israeli husband in Israel. The Australian native was close to expecting her first child when she heard the news of the assassination of Hamas chief leader Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in January 2010. The man who was wanted by the Israeli government was attacked in his hotel room in Dubai, and smothered to death with a pillow. But what shocked Nicole the most was the fact that her name was among the people implicated for the murder, and she was now on Interpol’s most wanted list. The 27 year old
5: Lara Love and David Jackson
The “neighbors from hell.” That’s how a prosecutor described Lara Love and David Jackson, a Californian couple caught in 2008 for committing a massive identity theft scheme. The two had settled in a close-knit neighborhood in Santa Cruz, and were well liked and trusted by their neighbors and relatives. They eventually used that trust to their advantage by stealing their neighbors’ mail, hacking into their online networks, and stealing their credit cards. With the information of over two dozen people, they managed to scam thousands of dollars off multiple accounts. As the crime spree went on, victims noticed that they were being charged for things and services they didn’t know of, and upon investigation
4: Rosa Vargas
In 2004, Rosa Vargas from New York was happily making preparations for her upcoming wedding, when her marriage application was suddenly rejected three weeks before her big day. The reason, as stated by the Municipal Office, was that she was already married – not to one, but two different men, one in Mexico and the other in Ecuador. Distraught and convinced that it was some kind of mistake, Rosa and her fiancée proceeded with their marriage anyway by obtaining their license from a different jurisdiction. The strange incident was almost forgotten, but five years later an Ecuadorian man
3: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
In 2000, the management of a Hong Kong classical venue was contacted by someone who claimed to represent the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, asking if they would be interested to have the group come perform at their place. Delighted, they agreed as the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra was internationally renowned as one of the best orchestra groups in the world. The event was publicized widely, and was even organized with the help of the Hong Kong government. 10,000 classical music fans attended
2: Frederic Bourdin
One day in 1994, 13 year old Nicholas Barclay was out playing with his friends in their home town of San Antonio, Texas. The boy never returned home that day and has been missing since. Three years later, a young man appeared at the family’s doorstep, claiming himself to be the long lost Nicholas. Never mind that he had a French accent, or that his eye color was different, the family took him in and genuinely believed him to be their Nicholas. He claimed
1: Arnaud du Tilh
Here’s another case of a legendary French identity thief, though this one occurred nearly five centuries ago. Martin Guerre was a 16th Century peasant living in the village of Artigat, in southwest France. One day, he disappeared completely after being accused of stealing grain, leaving behind his wife Bertrande, and their baby boy. Almost 9 years later, a man claiming to be Martin reappeared in Artigat. His features were similar, and he knew every detail of Martin’s life. This convinced the villagers, including Martin’s wife and family. So Bertrande lived together with her returned husband, and had two more children with him. The new “Martin” also inherited what was left by his deceased “father”. But Martin’s father
Diana (Melissa McCarthy) loves singing to the radio, no matter what the song.
Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) lead an all-star cast in this hilarious blockbuster hit. Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Orlando. There’s only one glitch: she’s financing her shopping sprees with an ID stolen from Sandy Patterson (Bateman), an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Patterson is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. From the director of Horrible Bosses and the producer of Ted, critics are calling Identity Thief “smart, funny and surprisingly touching” — Rafer Guzman, Newsday.
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