the 15k in Fun Buks...the stupid email being sent.
I'm more interested in HOW the thief got into the phone!
A bloke was arrested and charged with identity theft after, it is claimed, he emailed an apology meant for his victim to a police detective. Darren Carter, 29, of Blackwood, New Jersey, was charged with one count of first-degree identity theft last week, and is being held in a Connecticut jail where he faces trial at the …
what are second- and third-degree identity theft, inquiring minds want to know.
I suspect this is what you get if you steal the identity from an identity thief (no, not HIS identity, one that he has stolen - just to be clear), a sort of a legal version of the Siphonaptera.
So, allegedly, Carter stole the phone, transferred the money and then, later, intended to email an apology to the victim but sent it accidentally to a Detective that was investigating that very case. Did he, after stealing the phone in California, accidentally research where his victim was from and accidentally call up the Westport Police Department to accidentally ask which Detective was working on the case?
If the perp had the victim’s phone, he probably had access to the victim’s email too. So perfectly feasible that he had the detective’s email address if the detective had been emailing the victim.
Maybe he was reading their emails and felt guilty? Replied to the wrong message? Copied the wrong address down? Autocomplete error?
that is weird, but here's an idea: the thief has the victim's phone, right? So if the victim is emailing the cops from his laptop, it's fairly likely the thief has access to those same emails on the phone. So the thief jumped in on the thread and hit 'reply' meaning to write to the victim, but replied to the wrong mail and sent it to the cop.
It's still fairly weird - why is he suddenly writing apology emails at all? and how does the apology email help catch him, unless he signed the frickin' thing with his real name or something? but at least it answers some of the questions...
The way the article is written, one assumes the apology was sent four months after the theft.
Why would he still have access to the victims email for so long? First thing after losing your phone (stolen or not) is to logout of all accounts and change all your passwords, isn't it? ISN'T IT?