Someone pulls identity theft sorcery on 'Harry Potter' star
Written by Geoff Williams
Posted On: August 1, 2014
It's time, once again, for a look at the most unusual credit card crimes being reported by the media. So here we go…
Ron Weasley and the credit card thief
Various media outlets have reported that someone stole the credit card of actor Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" movies. The thief apparently used Grint's card to sign up for numerous dating sites. At first I thought it was someone who was concerned that Grint, with his fame and fortune, was having trouble with his love life. Evidently, however, assuming the story is true, the thief was using Grint's name to get his own dates.
Teen pays for college tour with stolen card information
A 17-year-old from Latham, New York has been accused of stealing a credit card number and some checks from his neighbor, a relative and a godmother, all women in their 80s.
According to local news reports, Shawn Pettingell allegedly used their money to buy first-class tickets to Miami for himself and a female friend, who was unaware of his sudden crime spree. So why'd they go to Miami?
Aside from the obvious -- Miami's a pretty awesome city -- he apparently wanted to tour Johnson & Wales University, according to The Albany Times-Union. Although he did show unusual initiative in visiting the university, I'm guessing college admission officials are never too impressed when one of your extracurricular activities includes stealing from octogenarians.
No good deed goes unpunished
The Bay Area Food Bank in Mobile, Alabama, has undoubtedly done a lot of good over the years, so naturally, they were due for something really awful to happen to them.
Ricky Glenn, Jr., worked as a temporary driver for the food bank, and reportedly used food bank credit cards for purposes other than re-fueling his delivery vehicle. Glenn reportedly convinced people to pay him cash in exchange for gas, which he paid for using the food bank cards.
(Hint to people in general: If somebody offers to take your money and use their credit card to pay for your gas, it's probably not a good idea. Even if they have a ready explanation, like they want more reward points, there's really nothing good that's going to come from this.)
So Glenn would reportedly get cash and then buy gas for motorists with the credit cards. The motorists go away happy, with gas, Glenn goes away very happy, with a lot of cash, and the food bank … well, the executives aren't so happy.
Glenn was apparently able to swipe more than $40,000 before being caught. His cousin, Derry Glenn, was also arrested for allegedly using one of the food bank's credit cards.
According to Ricky Glenn, however, he didn't think he would be caught, because he didn't think he was doing anything wrong.
"I work for people that can't eat. I went to work faithfully. I didn't know I could get in trouble for doing what I did," Glenn said to the press when he was being escorted to a police cruiser.
Dangerous credit cards
You may have heard that airport security has been collecting a lot of knives -- that look like credit cards. A number of media outlets have reported that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents have collected hundreds of these things in recent weeks.
It looks like a credit card, but then kind of like "Transformers," you break it apart, fold it and suddenly it's a knife. Something like that. I barely understand how "Transformers" work; I'm not likely to get this credit-card turns-into-a-knife concept correct.
And you thought security lines at the airport were long enough. This should make things even more fun.
Same goes with credit card crime in general. It's bad enough that when it comes to thieves and plastic, you have to worry about a thief mugging you and taking your credit card. But now it's possible to be confronted by a crook and robbed with his credit card.
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