Published Feb 04, 2010Here's a small dose of common sense for any would-be identity thieves out there: if you're going to impersonate someone, make sure it's not an easily recognizable music legend. That's a lesson 54-year-old Rafael Ramos learned the hard way when he tried to scam thousands of dollars from Paul Simon.
As the New York Post reports, Ramos had somehow obtained Simon's social security and bank account numbers. Posing as the singer, Ramos then attempted to use the information at a Citibank branch in New York City to take out $4,300 U.S. from Simon's account.
The bank teller refused to give Ramos the money for obvious reasons: besides being 14 years younger than Simon, Ramos is also ten inches taller and looks nothing like him. When the teller refused him the money, he fled the scene. Later, when Ramos was finally arrested, he was found to be carrying a fake driver's licence and credit card with Simon's name on it.
According to the Post, Simon does not know Ramos, and has no idea how he obtained this information.