Have you ever been asked to show your ID card upon being delivered a parcel? If yes, then kudos – you have first-hand experience of a brand new type of identity fraud
Earlier this month, a chain of fraudsters created fake driver accounts using stolen identities on ride-sharing and delivery service apps.
They wanted to exploit the referral bonuses offered on the apps. According to this report, they used “bots” and GPS “spoofing” technology to increase the income earned from these companies.
Bots? GPS spoofing?! They’re a dedicated lot, I’ll give them that. Still, their real ingenuity comes out in how they got their hands on those stolen ID cards:
“The co-conspirators obtained driver’s license images directly from victims, by photographing victims’ licenses while completing an alcohol delivery through one of the services or while exchanging information with victims following vehicle accidents, some of which co-conspirators intentionally caused in order to obtain victims’ license information.”
I can’t recall how many times I may have let delivery men take pictures of my ID card. And using accidents to steal IDs? That’s… desperate, more than anything.
They then replaced images of victims on the licences with theirs and managed to circumvent the facial recognition technology that the companies were using. Baffling, right? Anyway, the good part is they did get caught – albeit a bit too late for our comfort.
I guess no job is easy – and least of all of those who are responsible for preventing such sophisticated identity fraud.
With this, let’s dive into what we have in store for you this month.