Wednesday, March 28, 2012

If You're Gonna Steal, You Might As Well Try One Of The World's Richest Men

This is a weird one: Wired magazine had a story about some very audacious social engineering. It seems a thief tried to victimize former Microsoft executive Paul Allen, who is one of the world's richest men. 
In a complaint unsealed Monday, federal authorities allege Brandon Price, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, obtained the billionaire’s debit card from CitiBank via a telephone call to the bank’s customer service bureau in January. At Price’s request, the bank changed Allen’s address to Price’s Pittsburgh house, and overnighted him the card.

“An individual identifying himself as Paul Allen called the customer service department of CitiBank. The caller stated that he had misplaced his debit card at his residence, but did not want to report it stolen. The individual then successfully ordered a new debit card on the account of Paul Allen and had it sent via UPS,” FBI agent Joseph J. Ondercin said in a legal filing.
I bet the thief was a bit disappointed when his newly minted debit card was declined. I wonder if it was due a lack of funds?

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