Attorney General Was Victim Of Identity Theft

Attorney General Jack Conway recent started up his own "cyber crimes" unit, whose first case ironically involved Conway himself.

Conway discovered he'd been victimized when he tried to buy some music on I Tunes.

“They wouldn't take my credit card because they said my billing zip code did not match up,” said Conway.

Somebody had stolen his credit card number.

“They bought several thousand dollars worth of computers, Vonage phones, and there were several charges to the postal service. And they had changed my billing address.”

Conway wasn't liable for the purchases on his card because he reported it quickly enough. Now his investigators along with federal agents are looking into a case which crosses state lines and could involve many other victims.

“They're suspicious of some delivery drivers that might be stealing credit cards in Kentucky. They're also suspicious of restaurants that might not be as secure as they ought to be.”

He says what happened to him shows how easily people can get financial information...and create lots of problems.

“It's a tough, tough crime to stop. Just because of the fast flow of information in our society.”


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  • by Zephyrapc Location: Lexington on Jun 26, 2008 at 04:02 PM
    Lol, even AG's aren't safe. There was a story in March about data breaches happening to the prez candidates. Lol, they better hope an idfreeze comes standard with the Oval Office!
  • by Leo Location: Richmond on Jun 25, 2008 at 03:16 PM
    It speaks volumes that our Attorney General only starts this division *after* HE'S been the victim of such a crime and not before. Just another example of politicians living up their own backside at the expense of everyone else.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jun 25, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    I had my identity stolen when identity theft wasn't cool. Way back in 1991 I moved to Texas and opened a checking account...there was a problem it seemed..someone in Ames, Iowa was using my SSN and had a warrant....for murder.
  • by Earl Location: San Jose on Jun 25, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    Maybe the AG should check into Pre Paid Legal and their Identity Theft Shield. It is much better than LifeLock. No one is immune to any area of identity theft (Financial, DMV, Medical, Social Security and Criminal). Most people are only worried about the financial part. You should be worried about all five areas.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jun 25, 2008 at 06:11 AM
    Looks like he needs LifeLock.
  • by wesley Location: frankfort on Jun 25, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    is ID theft a federal crime? if its not it should be.
  • by KYgal Location: KY on Jun 25, 2008 at 02:10 AM
    ID theft is rampant in this country. Illegal aliens seeking employment use stolen IDs to secure jobs. I hope tough sanctions can be implemented to address criminal activity such as this that have long-term consequences for all citizens.
  • by Sandy Location: kentucky on Jun 24, 2008 at 08:19 PM
    Now since it has happened to a high official, maybe someone might do something about identity fraud. If they find out someone is committing it, give them more than a slap on the hand. Make stiff penalties and make them pay back what they stole.
  • by ME Location: PIKE COUNTY on Jun 24, 2008 at 04:44 PM
    GO GET HIM FEDS, NOW THIS IS ENOUGH, MY SON GOT 2 YEARS FOR COUNTERFIET AND THIS IS WORSE. MY SON DID NOT EVEN PASS IT, IT WAS A MADE UP DEAL TO GET HIM SENT OFF BY SOMEONE THAT WAS ALREADY IN PRISON. THAT ISNT FAIR. GIVE HIM TIME
  • by Debbe Location: Lancaster, Ky on Jun 24, 2008 at 04:03 PM
    Now maybe he will take idenity fraud seriously... it can happen to anyone and certainly does mess up your life. Sorry it happened to him... but maybe now this will be taken more seriously as a crime.
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