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By Rumble     Jan 9, 2007 in Crime
A cunning co-ed con artist was able to dupe some of the nation's top universities - including Harvard and Columbia - into granting her admission by stealing other people's identities, including that of a woman who has been missing for over seven years.
Esther Elizabeth Reed, 28, managed to attend Columbia University as a graduate student for two years under the name Brooke Henson before investigators caught wind of the scam last summer.
The real Henson had disappeared from her home in Travelers Rest, S.C., in 1999, and has not been seen since.
In a strange twist, Reed has been listed as a missing person herself since 1999, when she was last seen leaving a Seattle courthouse, where she was facing charges for forging checks she had stolen from her sister.
Now if two top rated ivy league schools can get duped for over two years by this lady, don't it make you feel a little uncomfortable with all the information available for access on the internet. I think the US needs to come up with an alternative solution to the social security number system. I.D theft has been on the rise over the past decade and is only getting worse. The worst part is if your a victim of such a crime it may takes months or even years before you can get your credit and your life back on track.
There simply has to be a better alternative.
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