Following the NASTF Vehicle Security Professional (VSP) Registry Team identifying another VSP account created with stolen information, the organization is cautioning other businesses on how to avoid this happening to them, according to a press release.
The fraudulent VSP account was created with stolen personal and business identities and was not able to be verified in two layers of the NASTF background check process. The Registry Team was alerted before promptly terminating the account and tagging the perpetrator for criminal referral to law enforcement.
Following an internal inquiry, it was clear how the information used by the culprit was obtained. In an attempt to communicate transparency, the targeted business shared documents such as business licenses, locksmith certificates for employees, and a copy of the certificate of insurance on its website to assure consumers it had all necessary registrations and insurance.
The perpetrator took these documents, altered them, and then submitted them in the NASTF SDRM VSP application.
Following the incident, NASTF is urging other businesses to be cautious of what they share online and to not share any personal information or business documents on social media or any websites.