by Chris Hansen, Dateline correspondent
I just wanted to thank you all for the overwhelming response we've received after our latest investigations. As you know, in the past few weeks we have used some of the same enterprising hidden camera investigative techniques that we use in our "To Catch A Predator" series to expose other crimes and scams. Apparently many of you yourselves have been targeted by the types of thieves we recently highlighted.
First, in "To Catch A Con Man," we tracked down some of the people behind those e-mails most of us have received offering millions, if only we'd put up some of our own cash to help a stranger in a far away land access an account only the e-mail sender knows about. I posed as an investor and turned the tables on the con men by exposing and then confronting them.
On March 27th, we aired the first part of our investigation into identity theft and credit card fraud, "To Catch An Identity Thief." Tonight, we are showing you the second part. I don't know that we've ever infiltrated a crime syndicate the way we have in this story. We started by getting into chat rooms that are virtual thieves markets for stolen credit card information and identities. We formed "Hansen Discount Electronics" on the web and "CH Delivery" so we could track this crime and the people committing it from the United States through Europe and into West Africa.
I have heard from thousands of you who have been victimized by the kinds of crimes we have investigated. It got me thinking about other stories we could do using our investigative techniques and hidden cameras. I am sure you have some great ideas as well and I want to hear about them. This is a great forum for you to tell me about the things you think should be investigated. Perhaps you have even documented some of these concerns on video. I may want you to share that with us as well to get us started.
Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.