12/01/2007

Rash of ID thefts overwhelms Calif. police

As technology has advanced, so has the criminal element, capable of stealing sensitive financial information with a touch of a hand-held PDA or any device with an Internet connection.

By Malaika Fraley
Inside Bay Area

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. — When a Contra Costa resident discovered his credit card was being used by someone in New York, sheriff's investigators passed the case on to authorities there, under a California law that says where the crime occurs dictates jurisdiction.

The law in New York is the opposite -- the case is investigated where the victim lives -- and Contra Costa investigators were left with no way to help the victim.

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