While Malcom X was thought of as famous, one of his daughters may now always be seen as infamous. Malikah Shabazz has been keeping secrets and betraying a friend who was once a friend of her father. Her betrayal is unforgivable by those who watched her grow up.
Even Malcom X’s fame will not save his daughter from facing a possibility of seven years in prison. Shabazz was charged for grand larceny and identity theft. The 45-year-old daughter of one of the most influential African American people in history had been stealing the identity of 70-year-old Khaula Bakr. Bakr is the widow of one of Malcom X’s bodyguards.
Bakr had been going through her mail, when she saw that she was being charged over $28,000 for the use of a credit card that she never attempted to apply for. This was only the beginning. Not long after the first credit card bill, Bakr learned of two more with a similar story as the first one. Thousands of dollars charged in her name that she had no clue about. Fortunately, the South Carolina address being used led officials to Shabazz.
Some experts think that not using a credit card at all will save a person from the pain of identity theft. This idea is almost impossible in a world where having a credit card is almost a necessity, even if only for the purpose However, sometimes a person must take stock in who they can really trust and keep in down to a few people. In Bakr’s case, it was not merely a matter of just using a credit card but knowing who she could really trust.
Senior Analyst Mitchell Delaine at www.Credit-Land.com, suggests a number of ways to keep from being a victim of identity, such as always looking for a sign like VeriSign to ensure that you have optimal protection while making online purchases. Other experts have suggested ideas, such as covering up your PIN number as much as possible while at an ATM because thieves are becoming more technologically advanced. They are finding new ways of stealing peoples card information and their identities. Delaine says that you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting yourself from identity theft.
Though trust is the most important fact concerning who should be trusted with personal credit information, this may have been the reason why Bakr fell victim to identity theft.