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What Happened To 5 Celebrities Who Neglected Fraud Protection

by: Omri Toppol
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Given their huge net worth and extravagant lifestyles, you would think that celebrities have got it made. But as their private lives are publicly exposed on all media, celebrities are very vulnerable to having their information stolen, especially when they don’t use proper fraud prevention measures.

Here are five celebrities that didn’t have the proper identity protection measures in place and had personal information stolen.

1) Tiger Woods: Victim of Credit Card Fraud

First up on our list is world-class golfer Tiger Woods. Apparently, Woods had no fraud prevention system in place and Anthony Lamar Taylor was easily able to get his hands on Woods’ real name, social security number and date of birth.

Taylor applied for a driver’s license in the name of Eldrick T. Woods, the golfer’s real name, and then applied for credit cards with the stolen identity. He then went on a shopping spree, buying a luxury car, a 70-inch TV, and a number of other items that totaled around $17,000.

Interesting fact: 15.8% of ID theft cases in the US are the result of credit card fraud.

Prevention tip: Don’t post too much personal information like your date of birth on social media sites.

2) Ricky Gervais: Victim of Bank Account Hack

In a rather creative bid to steal comedian Ricky Gervais’ identity, two men used a dead prisoner’s passport to steal £200,000 from the funny-man’s bank account. The thieves replaced the passport picture with Gervais’ portrait from a DVD box from the hit comedy The Office.

Interesting Fact: 5.9% of US ID theft cases in the US are due to bank fraud.

Prevention tip: Don’t keep bank account details in your email inbox. Run LogDog’s Inbox Detective to see what valuable personal information is sitting in your inbox.

3) Oprah Winfrey: Victim of ID Theft

Another celebrity that neglected fraud prevention is TV personality Oprah Winfrey. Fraudster Abraham Abdallah posed as Oprah and got his hands on her social security number, credit card numbers, and financial records. He then convinced banks and financial institutions to authorize a number of transactions in which he bought expensive items.

Interesting fact: Victims of ID theft are more often female, most often between the ages of 20 and 59.

Prevention tip: Monitor your financial and online accounts for unusual activity.

4) Will Smith: Victim of Unauthorized Credit Cards

Will Smith became the victim of identity theft when Carlos Lomax opened 14 credit cards in the actor’s legal name, Willard C. Smith. Lomax was able to rack up almost $33,000 in fraudulent charges by the time he was caught, and was sentenced to 37 months in jail for his crime.

Interesting fact: New micro-chipped credit cards are harder to counterfeit. ID thieves prefer to open new accounts in the victim’s name.

Prevention tip: Take out credit card fraud protection. Try LogDog’s CardProtector service to detect whether your credit card is being sold on the black market.

5) Mark Zuckerberg: Victim of Social Network Hacking

Last, but certainly not least, on our list is Mark Zuckerberg. While Facebook’s founder and CEO didn’t have his Facebook account hacked, he did have his Twitter account hacked and his Pinterest account compromised three times. The technology tycoon was hacked by a group that call themselves OurMine. The group was able to change information on Zuckerberg’s social media accounts, and claimed to have gotten their hands on his password information.

Interesting fact: The most common password used in 2016 was ‘123456789’.

Prevention tip: Use strong passwords and don’t use the same passwords across all accounts.

LogDog’s Fraud Prevention Keeps You Covered

If you don’t want to end up like one of the celebrities above, we recommend you put LogDog to work. We’ll keep you covered with the best identity theft protection service on the market by keeping a close eye on your credit cards and all of your internet accounts.

19 people become victims of identity theft every minute in the United States. Sign up for LogDog today so you don’t go down the same path as Tiger Woods, Ricky Gervais, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith or Mark Zuckerberg.

Written by  Omri Toppol

Omri is LogDog's marketing guy. He is passionate about technology, digital marketing and helping online users to stay safe and secure

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