in the DMV -- Thousands of fraudulent California licenses are
issued to identity thieves and illegal immigrants who use them
to loot bank accounts, secure loans, or establish a legal status.
The DMV also issues thousands of license plates and car titles
to auto thieves who pose as the vehicle's true owner. DMV rarely
checks for identification, even though it's required by law.
Fear, Bruce Schneier takes a critical look at threats
to our security, and the ways we're encouraged to think
about security by law enforcement agencies, businesses
and our national governments and militaries. Schneier believes
we all can be better security consumers, and that the trade-offs
- in terms of cash outlays, taxes, inconvenience, and diminished
freedoms - should be part of an ongoing negotiation in
our lives. He explains why we need to design security systems
that don't just work well, but fail well, and why secrecy
on the part of government often undermines security. He
also believes that national ID cards are a bad idea. He
thinks online shopping is fundamentally safe, and the airline
security measures are effective.
Scammed: County Clerk
Cashes -- By all appearances, Mel
Spillman was a man of exceptional means. On weekends he was
a fixture on the vintage race-car circuit. He owned a gated home
in an exclusive neighborhood of San Antonio and he raced vintage
cars. He had five Ferraris. But Spillman, 55, wasnt a Texas
tycoon. He was a courthouse clerk, who processed wills and estates
for the county. He made $33,000 a year. It was just another
county job, Spillman says. How could this mild-mannered courthouse
employee afford such a lavish life style? By stealing from the
Repair A Rip-off? -- Sean Hanes and his wife Patti were
raising their four kids. Two years ago, things were different.
Sean, a mailman, owned his own home. But the Haneses were struggling.
Years back, they had declared bankruptcy. They were deep in
debt. Their credit rating was in ruins. So they turned to a
credit repair company called ICR Services.
Shenanigans? -- Linda Marks calls herself a gypsy psychic.
She says she can tell your fortune for $35. Im a pretty good
judge of people. Been doing this for 30 years, says Marks,
54, who lives in Delray Beach, Fla. I give em all the right
answers. She says she has made around $2 million over her
career. But Delores Hoffert says Marks is a criminal. According
to Hoffert, Marks stole almost $300,000 from her late husband.
Leroy Hoffert had been given only six months to live when he
first met Marks. Delores says Marks told her husband she could
cure his cancer. He thought he was going to die if she didnt
intervene, she says. But Linda Marks help would cost money lots
of money. He recently died from the disease, at the age of
Valets -- In many cities a night on the town means handing
your car keys to a complete stranger. In Los Angeles, the valet
parking capital of America, you have a 1 in 4 chance of having
that stranger clean out your car while he parks it. Los Angeles
police detective, Mike Fesperman, says police know this is
going on but such cases are hard to prosecute. We just dont
have the evidence, we dont have the proof, he says.
Pickpockets Work -- You'd be amazed at how easily someone
could rob you without you even knowing it. People have been
making a living this way for centuries. Find out how to protect
theft has become a booming criminal enterprise, damaging
personal reputations and threatening the nation's security.
Law enforcement can't keep up, and everyone is vulnerable.
House Calls -- How Much Do You Know About the People Working
in Your Home? Most of us can't imagine inviting a convicted
felon into our home.
and Security - New York subway crime has dropped dramatically.
Savvy riders still avoid making eye contact, steer clear of
altercations and never ride in an empty car. National
Violence -- 6 Steps to Avoid Being a Victim
Fraud -- As you review your credit-card statement, you
notice purchases you never made, from companies you've never
heard of. You're a victim of credit-card fraud.
Credit Could Be Ruined -- Any thief who gets your name,
credit card account number and Social Security number, could
take over your credit accounts and open new ones. They use
your credit to get a job, car loan or rent an apartment.
biochip for potential kidnap victims -- Foreign executives
who are kidnapping targets in Latin America will be able to
use implantable ID chips and personal GPS devices to thwart
Theft -- A vehicle is stolen every 23 seconds, according
to a 1998 report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
Rights Made Us Less Free -- Due process has run amok, smothering
the abilities of authorities to follow their instincts and
get things done. The Atlantic Monthly
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