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The Solution isn’t Always a Computer

Author: Mark Dixon
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
3:44 pm

After I blogged recently about Identity theft, I received a note from a representative of Uni-Ball, the pen company, who pointed out their contribution to fighting Identity Theft:

"As it becomes more difficult to get new lines of credit, identity thieves may be drawn more to commit check fraud. These crimes may take the form of stolen checks, using checks thrown into the trash by unknowing consumers, or a type of identity theft known as "check washing." Check washing occurs when checks or other tax-related documents are stolen from the mail or by other means and the ink is erased using common household chemicals, allowing thieves to endorse checks to themselves. This is where something as simple and inexpensive as a select uni-ball pen can help. Select uni-ball pens contain specially formulated gel ink (trademarked Uni-Super Inkâ„¢) that is absorbed into the paper’s fibers and can never be washed out."

We in the information systems business too often think of all problems being solved by innovative applications of computers and software.  Here is one example of how a key part of the solution to Identity theft is solved in a much simpler way.

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