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Inspectors say the criminals then make purchases and sell the items for cash.
In a recent investigation, Postal Inspectors seized many large ticket items including big screen TV's and video game systems.
In one case, losses totaled $120,000, but investigators got a big break to catch the suspect.
“The bad guy wasn’t very smart in this case.", Says Postal Inspector Carla Menendez, " He purchased 2 moneygram money orders from a local merchant and when he went in to purchase the money order, he actually wrote his real name and his real address down on the money order.”
He was arrested at his home.
And this is one of many cases. Account takeover fraud was up dramatically in 2012 totaling $4.9 billion dollars – a 69% increase over 2011.
Some advice from postal inspectors: safeguard your personal information at all times and never carry your Social Security card with you.
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