Why Credit cards are a smoking gun - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • dana
    • 20.02.10 | 21:13 (IST)

    people need to understand that applying for a credit card under false name and providing a false social security number (which was likely the case) is a felony under US law. A valid US address had to be provided for the card and someone was responsible for the bill. Sure, the address will turn out to be false too, but banks don't like it when their bills go unpaid, last I heard. Furthermore, for a credit to be granted, a credit report was pulled. To obtain a decent credit line, a credit history had to be available correlating the name and the social security number. So now, not only are the Israelis whose identities were stollen have compromised passport numbers (even if they get new ones). But at least one or more have their credit compromised. I expect Dubai's next move will be to advertise the name of the issuing banks and the names on the account. Then there'll be a formal request for investigation. Was mossad foolish enough to use one of the "real" passport holders' names?

    from the article: Report: German passport tied to Dubai hit wasn`t forged
    First published 11:14 20.02.10 | Last updated 23:56 20.02.10
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