Burn wrote: Autobot032 wrote: Banjo-Tron wrote:
Burn wrote:Because as far as the merchant is concerned, they're customers not criminals, giving out data like that will be a breach of their privacy.
Oh OK. I assumed that the bank was the one that obscured their details, not the merchant. Does that mean that their identities are protected if, say, the police wanted to see 'em?
No. With a warrant or a subpoena, PayPal has to release that information so an arrest may be made.
Which then brings back the issue of who gets the police involved?
In this particular instance I think the police could easily get involved, there are a number of people affected, they have a source of where the information was gathered from, an investigation could and should be launched.
Perhaps some of you affected members could approach your local police and explain the situation to them? They may be able to point you in a direction where a number of you can give the necessary info to help get things rolling.
It is definitely a good idea, but probably won't warrant any attention from the police unless TFCC gets the police involved. Having gone through identity theft I can tell you first hand that the police don't consider fraudulent charges a serious crime unless you actually lose money.
Probably the best people to get involved in this is your State Attorney General and/or FBI. Most major cities have an FBI branch you can call and the State Attorney General you can reach via websites. They have the power to investigate especially where it affected a large number of people.
Does anyone else think it's more than a coincidence that these fraudulent charges went rampant at the time of the Runamuck/Runabout went on sale? Of all the places to hit on the internet - why a Transformers fan club and why at this particular period? I think the thieves are TF fans or have inside knowledge about TFCC.