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Criminals Using High-tech Methods For Old-style Crimes

Organized crime rings that employ people with violent criminal records are increasingly trading their automatic weapons for automatic software tools that enable them to conduct a wide array of white-collar crimes such as identity theft and fraud. As many as 700,000 people fall victim to identity theft and other forms of Internet fraud every year, but vast differences among the methods and perpetrators of such crimes can make investigating them difficult, said James Doyle, president of Madison, Conn.-based Internet Crimes Inc. Doyle, a co-founder of the New York Police Department’s Computer Investigation and Technology Unit, spoke at the Cybercrime 2003 conference here this week. Complaints can range from aggravated harassment, criminal impersonation and falsifying business records to forgery and credit card “skimming” by retail industry insiders such as clerks and security guards, said Doyle. During his more than 20 years with the NYPD, Doyle said he investigated many cases where criminals were quick to try out new technologies to commit old crimes — what he called “old wine in new bottles.” Full Story

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