MIAMI (WFLA) — The mayor of Surfside said that victims in the Champlain Towers collapse are being targeted in identity theft schemes, according to a report by NBC 6 South Florida.
Mayor Charles Burkett said the hackers are using the names being released by authorities as they identify more victims. From there, they gather enough information to create fake identity profiles.
“We’ve had to have discussions with the families and listen to them telling us the stories about all of a sudden credit cards appearing in their names and things being purchased in their name, so we’ve told ‘em, you’ve got to immediately shut down your credit,” Burkett told NBC 6.
The mayor said more than one family has been impacted by these identity thieves. No arrests have been made, but investigations are in progress.