Credit Card News
Advertising Disclosure
Credit-Land.com is an independent, advertising-supported web site. Credit-Land.com receives compensation from many credit card issuers whose offers appear on our site. Compensation from our advertising partners impacts how and where their products appear on our site, including, for example, the order in which they may appear within review lists. Credit-Land.com has not reviewed all available credit card offers in the marketplace.
Credit Card Applications » News » Other » Top White House Official Is A Victim of ID Theft

Top White House Official Is A Victim of ID Theft

By
Add to Favorites:
Top White House Official Is A Victim of ID Theft

Georgia teenager James Townsend applied for a Discover credit card under the fictitious name Austin Townsend using a Social Security number that he found online. As it happens, the SS number he gave to acquire the card belongs to an as-of-yet unidentified White House official.

During a hearing, the 17-year-old Townsend was told by the judge that he “messed with the wrong person” when he used the White House official`s information. Federal authorities refused to release the name of the victim, who was identified as “a senior-level executive branch official under the protection of the United States Secret Service,” in court. The cash bond amount set was $1,000. Townsend told the judge that he was “just goofing off.”

The crime was discovered when the credit agency noticed that the Social Security number submitted on the application did not match the name and alerted Secret Service.

“He wanted a Discover card and apparently got on the computer and started Googling different areas and ended up with a particular Social Security number,” explained the Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland, accordingto Channel 2 Action News.

“He was not Googling any particular person. We don`t think he had any knowledge [of who it was],” Copeland went on to say. Nevertheless, Townsend faces felony charges and could potentially serve up to five years behind bars if convicted of the Identity Theft charges.

Michael Germanovsky, one of Credit-Land.com`s top experts in personal finance offers the following advice for consumers concerned about identity theft, “Unless you are going to a DMV or another government organization, avoid companies that are using Social Security numbers (SSNs) as identifiers for any type of transaction. The SSN should only remain in a database as a secondary identifier. Organizations should exercise limited use of an individual`s SSN.”

Michael goes on to remind of 5 Practices to avoidSocial Security Theft:

  • Avoid listing a social security number on internet.
  • Avoid sending your SSNs via email
  • Avoid using a computer log-in system where a person has to use their SSN
  • Avoid carrying ID cards that list SSNs
  • Avoid storing SSNs on unprotected computer systems

Add to Favorites:

Related News:

MasterCard Send Makes a Splash

By Dar Dowling, Posted: September 28, 2016

MasterCard and Stripe have teamed up so that U.S. sellers using Stripe marketplaces, like Postmates, Instacart and iCracked, can opt to make instant payouts via the Stripe interface, using MasterCard Send. Continue reading
Discover Nabs Three Spots on Money Mag’s Best Credit Card List for Third Consecutive Year

By Elizabeth Nelson, Posted: September 27, 2016

The Discover it Card, Discover it Miles Card, and Discover it Secured Card were all listed among the best credit card products on the market by MONEY Magazine, which recently released its Best Credit Cards report for 2016-2017. Continue reading
Frugal Fashionistas Rejoice: Century 21 and Alliance Data Launch New Credit Card

By Elizabeth Nelson, Posted: September 26, 2016

New York City-based bargain department store Century 21 is partnering with Alliance Data to launch a new credit card program. A favorite of fashionable bargain-hunters, Century 21 operates 10 stores across the greater New York City area ... Continue reading
Get the latest news, articles and expert advice delivered to your inbox. It's FREE.
Get 0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers and Purchases for 21 months. After that, the APR will be 12.24%-22.24% based upon your creditworthiness.
For Excellent/Good Credit
1% cash back on select purchases, terms apply
For Fair Credit
Guaranteed $500 Unsecured Credit Limit
For Bad Credit