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Con man channels movie character to steal identities

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"I went to apply for a couple of credit cards and got declined," said fraud victim, John Becker.

So he called his bank and found out someone had racked up more than $12,000 in charges on one credit card.

Dennis Sergeev, a Russian national, was the man responsible. He stole the identities of more than 50 people and did $40,000 worth of damage.

"He claims he received the stolen identities online. That is what he lived off of - that was his only income," said US Postal Inspector Blanca Alvarez.

Investigators found hundreds of fraudulent credit cards in Sergeev's P.O. Box and arrested him.

"When we interviewed this defendant at his home, he confessed and compared himself to Leonardo DiCaprio in "Catch Me if you Can," Alvarez said.

In the movie, DiCaprio plays a con artist who's always one step ahead of authorities.

"But instead of having flight attendants escorting him out, he had female postal inspectors escorting him to jail," she said.

You should check your credit at least once a year to make sure your identity hasn't been stolen.

"Luckily, not a lot of damage was done that would affect me. Luckily, at that time I wasn't going for a house or I wasn't going for a car loan or anything of importance," Becker said.

Experts say you should also make sure your child doesn't post a picture of his or her drivers license on Facebook. That makes them an easy target for ID theft.

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