I read this in a Yahoo news article:
As part of the masquerade, the investigators used the Social Security numbers of the people involved to dupe the phone companies into turning over the records. Although a frequent tactic, the trickery â€” known as “pretexting” â€” tests the bounds of California law.
How is pre-texting not fraud?Â How is it not identity theft?
If a person says they are someone they are not, then that is fraud!Â Plain and simple.Â Dictionary.com‘s definition is very straightforward and is consistent with the above conclusion: dictionary.reference.com/search?q=fraud&x=0&y=0Â