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Postal Inspectors: Dormant Accounts Can Still Be Dangerous

7:00 PM, Jul 2, 2013   |    comments
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Undated -- If you think those credit cards you're no longer using are off limits to con-artists, you're wrong. Your dormant accounts might be the most susceptible to fraud.

One bad credit card company employee knew of dormant accounts businesses had lost track of and didn't monitor. So she would go in and manipulate the account holder information. She then gave the information to accomplices, who racked up more than half a million dollars.

Postal inspectors caught the mastermind behind the scheme, who ended up confessing to compromising 30-40 dormant accounts.

Postal inspector Mona Hernandez offers some advice to consumers, "This is something that can affect anyone not just businesses. If they have accounts that are dormant or unused they have to get those closed."

Postal inspectors also recommend checking your credit report, which could show any unused or dormant accounts in your name.

WFMY News 2/ US Postal Inspectors

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