Identity theft warning

While most people commenting at Your NZ do so responsibly there has been a problem over the last couple of weeks in particular with a small number of people commenting with obvious malicious intent.

One of the worst offences has been posting comments using another person’s identity – this is called identity theft and is a serious breach of blog protocol.

Someone did this yesterday  using a well known identity and it included using the person’s email address.

I contacted this person and they confirmed to me that it wasn’t them who had commented.

So here’s a warning – anyone found to have used another person’s identity foregoes any rights to privacy. I may pass on what I know about any such people to the person whose identity was misused, or for law enforcement.

And as these people are obviously legally ignorant I suggest they read this from NZ Police:

About online identity theft

Identity theft is when someone assumes another person’s identity, such as their name, bank account details or credit card number, to commit fraud or other crimes.

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing areas of crime across the world and has no geographical boundaries – victims and offenders can be on opposite sides of the world. This makes it difficult for Police to investigate the crime, catch the perpetrator or help the victim.

Not so difficult in recent cases here is identifying the culprits through their commenting style and malicious motives.

If anyone sees that a comment has been made using their identity here please advise me as soon as possible so I can take appropriate action.