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Bad Call

A credit card company kept getting phone calls asking whether Jessica Hernandez’s cards were still usable. The caller was not Jessica Hernandez. The company kept the caller’s phone number, yet allowed 26 unauthorized transactions to be billed to Hernandez’s six cards, which were stolen in a burglary, over a four-month period. Eventually, using the phone number supplied by the credit card company, police identified Angel L. Roman, 37, as their suspect, and according to court records, a search of Roman’s Allentown, Pa., home turned up some electronics that had been charged to the cards. Now Roman faces his own charges: burglary and forgery. (AC/Allentown Morning Call) ...So the thief was dumb enough to call the card issuers, yet had trouble believing the victim was dumb enough not to.
Original Publication Date: 15 May 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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