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Diddy gets his AmEx Black Card swiped

Jeremy Simon

Think being wealthy, successful and having a clever nickname will keep you safe from identity theft? Think again.

Diddy — formerly known as P. Diddy, formerly formerly known as Puff Daddy and legally known as Sean Combs — recently fell victim to an identity thief who stole Diddy’s American Express Black Card information, reports. If that wasn’t bad enough, the thief posted Diddy’s AmEx card information online this week for the entire Web browsing world to see. The website also displayed Diddy’s passport and private phone numbers.

“The website where the info is posted seems to make a vague reference to the ridiculous rumors that Diddy is a member of the illuminati … a secret society rumored to run the world,” TMZ reports. AmEx Black Card

While Diddy may not be a member of the illuminati, as a Black Card holder, he is part of an exclusive club. As has previously reported, the Black Card — formally known as the American Express Centurion Card — has no credit limit and is issued by invitation only. Apparently, Diddy was on the guest list for an exclusive AmEx invite, which reportedly requires annual charges of at least $250,000 and possibly up to $1 million. That’s a lot of Ciroc.

According to TMZ, sources close to Diddy say he is aware of the situation and has launched an internal investigation. A representative for the entertainment mogul had no comment for TMZ, however.

If I can give you some card advice, Diddy, it would be the same suggestion I’d offer any cardholder who has personal information swiped by a fraudster: Immediately contact your card issuer to make sure they’re aware of the problem and can cancel your card, if necessary.

Otherwise, even though your Black Card may have no credit limit, there could be a whole lot of charges you didn’t authorize. Mo money, mo problems, indeed.

See related: You’ve arrived! True tales of the mysterious Black Card

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