Identity Theft

The Albany County DA’s FCU has prosecuted hundreds of cases involving identity theft - from using stolen credit cards to gaining access to victims’ personal information including social security number to open accounts in his or her name. Typical cases involve investigators from local police agencies as well as longstanding relationships with the various local banks and retailers that aid in the investigation and prosecution of identity thieves. Some recent cases of note include:

  • In 2010, a man was convicted for stealing the identity of an elderly neighbor and setting up online banking transfer capabilities on the victims account. The defendant then transferred over $75,000 from the victim’s account to his own. The defendant pleaded guilty was sentenced to 2 to 6 years.
  • In 2010, a man was convicted and sentenced to 2 to 6 years in prison for stealing the identities of 48 deceased individuals across the Unites States. The defendant used those stolen identities to obtain hotel reservations at hotels throughout Albany County. The defendant used those hotel reservations to commit further illegal activity.

Cybercrime Phishing – With the increased use of the internet for online banking, retail, and advertising, criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their ability to lure unsuspecting victims via email and the web. These scams are prevalent in Albany County and beyond whereby victims are often times deceived into providing their personal information or funds to a thief posing as a legitimate person, company, or service. The Albany County District Attorney’s Office, working closely with investigators from the New York State Police and other agencies, has prosecuted a number of cases involving victims of cyber criminals.

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Websites for ID theft protection:

Fight Identity Theft
National Consumers League’s Internet Fraud Watch
14 Tips to Avoid Identity Theft
Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Site

If you are a victim of identity theft please contact the Crime Victims Unit for assistance.

A Message from the DA:

Identity Theft and

Cybercrime Phishing