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IDENTITY THEFT: JAMES WOODS PROVES CRIME DOES NOT PAY
Janet Charlton's Hollywood ^ | 8/28/08 | Janet Charlton

Posted on 08/28/2008 11:45:17 PM PDT by peggybac

James Woods, who played an LA prosecutor on Shark, has set a great example for dealing with identity theft. Woods told Michael Glynn at The Enquirer that he was horrified to learn that someone had charged thousands of dollars on his credit card. The crook had bought a computer and purchased two VIP tickets to the recent Dave Matthews concert at the Staples Center in LA for $3,700. The fraudulent charges were deducted from his bill, but James was determined to find the guilty party. He called the Staples center and cleverly told them he hadn't received his tickets yet - that he wanted to verify the correct name and address. Incredibly, the crook had used his own real name and address. James realized he'd eaten at a restaurant just blocks from where the crook lived. He then called the restaurant and tracked down a guilty waiter. Woods handed the info to the Beverly Hills police and they arrested the guy.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: idtheft; jameswoods
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1 posted on 08/28/2008 11:45:17 PM PDT by peggybac
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To: peggybac
Great guy! Unlike many Hollywood celebrities, James Woods is the real deal. He's a conservative.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 08/28/2008 11:46:39 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: peggybac

Great story.


3 posted on 08/28/2008 11:50:08 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: peggybac

James Woods was brilliant in John Carpenter’s movie, Vampires. One of my favorite roles he acted in.


4 posted on 08/29/2008 12:01:43 AM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: peggybac

LOL James Woods for Veep!
susie


5 posted on 08/29/2008 12:02:49 AM PDT by brytlea (Obama--Jimmy Carter's Second Term)
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To: goldstategop

I enjoy many of his movies, including the T.V. movie where he portrayed Rudy Giuliani.


6 posted on 08/29/2008 12:04:40 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Vote for conservatives AT ALL POLITICAL LEVELS! Encourage all others to do the same on November 4!)
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To: peggybac

And yet the police couldn’t be bothered with doing some police work to capture the criminal themselves.


7 posted on 08/29/2008 12:08:28 AM PDT by DB
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To: peggybac

Same thing happened to me at a restaurant in Santa Monica. Never identified the employee, though.


8 posted on 08/29/2008 12:09:00 AM PDT by ruination
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To: peggybac

James Woods has genius level IQ. His acting is always good


9 posted on 08/29/2008 12:10:11 AM PDT by dennisw (That Muhammad was a charlatan. Islam is a hoax, an imperialistic ideology, disguised as religion.)
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To: DB

Yep. Had my identity stolen in Dec. Had the person’s name and everything but the cops did nothing because it was out of state. They suggested calling the FBI. I filed a report on the FTC fraud site but never heard anything.


10 posted on 08/29/2008 12:11:27 AM PDT by rintense (Palin will be the pick!)
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To: peggybac

11 posted on 08/29/2008 12:12:25 AM PDT by Bobalu (If you don't want people pointing out your flaws, maybe you should work on not having any)
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To: peggybac

This is why whenever I pay for a meal with a credit card or debit card, I usually will cross out everything but the last 4 numbers of the credit card # when they give me the receipt to sign. Reduces the temptation.


12 posted on 08/29/2008 12:14:26 AM PDT by Tamar1973 (Catch the Korean Wave, one Bae Yong Joon film at a time!)
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To: Bobalu

He would beat ol Scarface McAmnesty hands down! Draft Jim. Draft Jim. Draft Jim.


13 posted on 08/29/2008 12:16:53 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (True Measure of A Conservative: At the End of the Day, Were You Co-opted & Neutralized by the RINOs?)
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To: Tamar1973

Good idea, but what if when they take your card to the back room to run it, they print two slips? ;-)


14 posted on 08/29/2008 12:19:10 AM PDT by Harvey105
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To: Tamar1973

And they just hit reprint. Gives them a full unaltered copy.


15 posted on 08/29/2008 12:20:18 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP! It's gonna be a BIG one.)
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To: peggybac; All

I love this guy. He’s a great actor too, anybody see ‘The Onion Field’?


16 posted on 08/29/2008 12:23:54 AM PDT by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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To: goldstategop

Woods also called in a dry run of the 9/11 hijackers. He saw them acting suspiciously on his flight.

What is it that makes a terrorist strike a “dry run”? One member of the mission calls it off?

He still gets choked up about it.

Funny isn’t it how the flight security keeps the rabble in budget class from having a real knife but the hijackers who killed on 9/11 sat in first class where the passengers get real cutlery.


18 posted on 08/29/2008 12:39:40 AM PDT by weegee (The higher taxes that Obama demands of Americans are 'Above my Pay Grade'.)
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To: peggybac

I like James Woods, he is funny, a good actor and conservative...I like the idea that some actors are coming out of the proverbial closet to endorse McCain.

The Wacky Left still makes the TV and movies, at about a 95% ratio to the 5% conservative.

Talk radio (Rush, Savage, Hannity, Dobbs, Levin) are 95% conservative, that’s why the Liberals want the Fairness Doctorine applied to radio.

They are for free speech...free Liberal-only speech, or you are a bigot, Islamophobe, homophobe, GW denier or un-Progressive.


19 posted on 08/29/2008 12:46:09 AM PDT by wac3rd (Carter80/Obama08)
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To: wac3rd

Gore was and still is an idiot. He lost every single recount, but is still a bitter bitch. But did you know that John Kerry served in Viet Nam? and guess what ? He turned out to be even more out of touch than Gore. but I once stayed at an Holiday Inn Express and saved 15% on my auto insurance from Geico. But it is Bush’s fault.


20 posted on 08/29/2008 12:50:08 AM PDT by WesG (Without geometry, life is pointless.)
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To: ruination

This also happened to me in Brentwood.


21 posted on 08/29/2008 1:00:07 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: weegee

He is a heck of a guy.


22 posted on 08/29/2008 1:01:44 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Bobalu

Thanks for following the “Rules” LOL! But I wish you had posted a more current pic. He, like many men, just gets better looking as he ages. Seems d@mn unfair to us old broads.


23 posted on 08/29/2008 1:02:18 AM PDT by BruceysMom (My heart is in Rock Springs.)
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To: notdownwidems
I love this guy. He’s a great actor too, anybody see ‘The Onion Field’?

Stunning film! Unforgettable portrayal by Woods.

24 posted on 08/29/2008 1:29:31 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
James Woods was brilliant in John Carpenter’s movie, Vampires.

He is brilliant period. Attended MIT. Interestingly enough, only after a severe hand tendon injury kept him out of the Air Force, where he had been training as a fighter pilot. Ironically, prior to 9/11, Woods flew on a "test run" plane to L.A. with Mohammed Atta.

25 posted on 08/29/2008 1:33:23 AM PDT by montag813
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To: WesG
Gore was and still is an idiot.

I met Gore several times in 1988, and his knowledge of defense issues was impressive. He was also pro-life and pro-gun at that time. I do not even recognize the current Algore as the same man. It is very depressing.

26 posted on 08/29/2008 1:35:48 AM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

Last interview about the 9/11 dry run Woods said there’s parts of that story that he’s still not allowed to talk about in public.

A great man.


27 posted on 08/29/2008 1:41:29 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: rintense

I believe it has to be reported where it occurred, happened to my brother, by my other brother. The theft occurred in PA but both lived in NJ and my victim brother had to go to PA to report it, to the town where it happened.


28 posted on 08/29/2008 1:56:08 AM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42 - 12/17/45, d. 11/1/85)
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To: DB
And yet the police couldn’t be bothered with doing some police work to capture the criminal themselves.

The case did not involve Internet porn or donuts.

29 posted on 08/29/2008 2:08:20 AM PDT by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
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To: peggybac

James Woods IS the Man!


30 posted on 08/29/2008 2:08:24 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Harvey105

If a card is out of your possession for just a minute that is all it takes to copy the information on the card. Portable card swipers are available for about $50.


31 posted on 08/29/2008 2:09:15 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: peggybac
"a guilty waiter"

Strange that James Woods observed a dry run aboard a flight prior to 9-11 and that he fell victim to a credit card scam, a ploy used by U.S.-based Al Qaeda operatives.

James Woods recounts Atta Hijacking Attempt before 9/11

Anti-terror web snags unwary operators

One of the five defendants in the Detroit indictment, Youssef Hmimssa, previously was identified by waiter Mourad "Mark" Madrane as the man who had recruited him to use an electronic skimming device to steal the credit card identities of some 250 customers at Jameson's Charhouse in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Madrane, who was sentenced Aug. 30 to 18 months in prison for last year's thefts, indicated that fellow Moroccan Hmimssa downloaded the credit data onto a laptop computer, according to reports quoting a U.S. Secret Service agent's court affidavit. The stolen credit accounts allegedly then were used by Humimssa to purchase more than $100,000 worth of computer gear and other items, ostensibly to support anti-U.S. activities, though that has not been claimed in court.

32 posted on 08/29/2008 2:16:47 AM PDT by endthematrix (Congress, Get Off Your Gas, And Drill!)
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To: DB

I had two fairly minor incidents of identity theft happen and the police weren’t interested.


33 posted on 08/29/2008 2:21:27 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: weegee
What is it that makes a terrorist strike a “dry run”?

A "dry run" is a rehearsal. You only get one shot at a "this is no drill" suicide mission, so you want your team to know exactly how it will go down.

What Mr. Woods saw was people who arrived together sit widely separated (evenly spaced), then simultaneously get up and move to strategic areas of the cabin.

Take my word for it, or look it up. I'm tired of providing links to what is well-known among the attentive.

34 posted on 08/29/2008 2:44:54 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (I'm Right Guard, here to prevent B. O.)
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To: beaversmom

With that much information, I think I would “pay a visit” to the waiter in the dark...


35 posted on 08/29/2008 2:46:18 AM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: peggybac

He never got over Sean Young.


36 posted on 08/29/2008 2:49:42 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: peggybac

This is an incident of credit card fraud (theft) not identity theft.


37 posted on 08/29/2008 2:50:21 AM PDT by bat1816
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To: beaversmom

Had my ID stolen and ‘they’ returned it with 50 bucks and a brochure how to get my credit ‘fixed’. <:


38 posted on 08/29/2008 2:50:52 AM PDT by xrmusn
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Yes he is. Shark was one of my favorite shows.
39 posted on 08/29/2008 3:20:26 AM PDT by wally_bert (Tactical Is Still Missing A Chair! Star Wreck In The Pirkinning......)
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To: rintense
Yep. Had my identity stolen in Dec. Had the person’s name and everything but the cops did nothing because it was out of state. They suggested calling the FBI. I filed a report on the FTC fraud site but never heard anything.

I discovered that someone had intercepted my new credit card before it ever got to me. He also had my mother's maiden name and SS# (the only possible place, other than my school, he could have gotten this was from New York. I've heard that an employee at a New York SS office was busted for selling tens of thousands of SS# and mothers' maiden names). He had a fake drivers license from this state with my name and his picture. I discovered this when I got a call that my application at an upscale department store had been declined (together with a request for an additional store card for someone named Shaniqua or Taniqua or Kishandra, something like that). Talking to the credit agency, I found that he attempted to purchase a car using my name. I called the dealership and found that they had made a photocopy of the fake drivers license. I called the police and told them all this and never heard another thing. Now I have blocks against instant credit put on everything.
40 posted on 08/29/2008 3:35:48 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: peggybac
"...The crook had bought a computer and purchased two VIP tickets to the recent Dave Matthews concert at the Staples Center in LA..."

LOL...did anyone ELSE read this one line and say to themselves: "Uh huh. That about sums it up perfectly..."

41 posted on 08/29/2008 3:43:52 AM PDT by rlmorel (If they can call George "Dubya", we can call Barack "Hussein")
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To: ExGeeEye
What Mr. Woods saw was people who arrived together sit widely separated (evenly spaced), then simultaneously get up and move to strategic areas of the cabin.

This must be why airline flight attendants routinely warn passengers not to congregate near the front lavatory.

42 posted on 08/29/2008 3:59:22 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: Bernard
My son had his wallet stolen and the creeps went on a huge spending spree. We went to the stores and got the videos showing the perps. The police and county attorney refused to arrest or prosecute them. Pima County, Arizona.
43 posted on 08/29/2008 4:33:57 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: Tamar1973
This is why whenever I pay for a meal with a credit card or debit card, I usually will cross out everything but the last 4 numbers of the credit card # when they give me the receipt to sign. Reduces the temptation.

Also many people write "CHECK ID" in the signature box on the back of the cards.

44 posted on 08/29/2008 4:34:57 AM PDT by sausageseller (http://coolblue.typepad.com/the_cool_blue_blog/)
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To: montag813
I do not even recognize the current Algore as the same man. It is very depressing.

I agree.

The Gores really "went over to the Dark Side."

45 posted on 08/29/2008 4:36:30 AM PDT by happygrl
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To: durasell
He never got over Sean Young.

No, she never got over him.

She s a complete psycho.

46 posted on 08/29/2008 4:38:51 AM PDT by happygrl
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To: Tamar1973

It is against the law for any receipt to show the full credit card number.
If you recieve a receipt that shows the full number, throw a fit. Or call Visa and complain. Those machines were supposed to be replaced years ago.
The only way a crook should be able to get your # is when they have the card in their hands and copy the #.

Only the last 4 #’s should show on any receipt.


47 posted on 08/29/2008 4:44:51 AM PDT by JRochelle (I support the PUMAS!)
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To: peggybac

I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned the episode of “Family Guy” where Peter Griffin’s identity is stolen by...James Woods!


48 posted on 08/29/2008 5:07:19 AM PDT by HHFi
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To: xrmusn

LOL


49 posted on 08/29/2008 5:14:35 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: happygrl

According to Hollywood legend — who cares if it’s true — she crazy-glued his privates to his leg.


50 posted on 08/29/2008 5:26:43 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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