jdharm writes: Short of vigilantism, what can I do when I've caught identity thieves and the authorities don't care? I had my credit card cloned within 7 days of its issue to me and without my ever having used it. I had dates, times, store locations, signed receipts (!) and video tape of the perpetrators, but law enforcement local to my area and where the cloned card was used said is wasn't worth their time because the dollar value was so low. The company I work for had a group in FL place orders with us using stolen cards and gave us physical addresses for delivery. Again, the authorities said is wasn't worth their time. At one point I had PD local to the thieves on one line and the thieves on the other giving me the 3rd stolen card number that day. The PD said they recognized the address as one they'd pulled stolen goods from the week before but the value of the orders they were placing with us was so low that it wasn't worth their time! Since this crossed state lines, involved the internet (wire fraud) and involved one card holder who had lost over $30,000 I called the FBI and they it wasn't worth their time. The agent sympathized with my frustration but said he could put together an iron clad case against these people but no one would prosecute it because the dollar value, tens of thousands, was so low that it wasn't worth anyone's time. It infuriates me that these people can steal with impunity. What can I do when I know who they are and where they are but no one cares?
Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity?
And where does it go after it leaves the toaster?
-- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"