Del. Rust another victim of California thieves
Del. Tom Rust (R-Fairfax) confirms that he was a victim of the same California identity thieves who opened a credit card in the name of Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and used it to buy medical marijuana.
There was no pot involved in his situation, Rust said. But he said he learned in January from American Express that people in California were using his personal information to try to open a card in his name. He quickly changed his information and canceled his cards. But when American Express sent him a new card ... they sent it right back out to the guys in California. "That's when the gallows humor started," he said.
Rust said he's gotten everything straightened out now, but authorities did eventually inform him that he was the victim of the same scammers who got Saslaw. He speculated that they were not targeted because they're state lawmakers but suggested that there might be more publicly available information about them to get the thieves started.
And the lesson of the whole thing? Identity theft can happen to anyone. State Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Fairfax) said Friday that she had much the same experience in the fall, although in her case, police have tracked the theft back to Delaware.
"It's frightening," Rust said.
May 21, 2010; 4:26 PM ET
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