Thieves Steal Herman Munster’s Identity
by Ted Bridis
Washington (AP) — Did Internet thieves steal Herman Munster’s MasterCard number? Crooks in an underground chat room for selling stolen credit card numbers and personal consumer information offered pilfered data purportedly about Herman Munster, the 1960s Frankenstein-like character from “The Munsters” TV sitcom.
The thieves apparently didn’t realize Munster was a fictional TV character and dutifully offered to sell Munster’s personal details – accurately listing his home address from the television series as 1313 Mocking Bird Lane – and what appeared to be his MasterCard number. Munster’s birth date was listed as Aug. 15, 1964, suspiciously close to the TV series’ original air date in September 1964.
CardCops Inc., the Malibu, Calif., Internet security company that quietly recorded details of the illicit but wayward transaction, surmised that a Munsters fan knowledgeable about the show deliberately provided the bogus data.