Identity theft can involve a campus card as one University of Illinois student found out. He didn’t realize his card had been stolen until he received an email from the library about some overdue computer games that he had never checked out.
Turns out that two other students had used his card to check out the games which they later tried to sell. That’s when they were arrested and charged with theft of state property over $500. One was also charged with identity theft.
“It’s no different than stealing or finding someone else’s credit card and going to a store and buying stuff with a stolen card,” said Sgt. Matt Myrick of the University Police Department. “The concept is the same.”
Myrick said stolen campus cards are usually used to get into campus recreation centers or gain free use of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District in addition to checkouts from the library.
According to the school’s card program office, 6,000 cards were reported lost last year about the same as the preceding year.
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