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Shohei Ohtani's interpreter allegedly stole $16 million from his bank account. Here's how to protect your own

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A significant fraud charge has been brought against a former interpreter linked to baseball star Shohei Ohtani. The interpreter, a friend of Ohtani’s, allegedly stole large amounts of money from a bank account set up in Ohtani’s name. US prosecutors have accused the interpreter of impersonating Ohtani in order to make fraudulent wire transfers to cover gambling debts. The interpreter had access to Ohtani’s online account and used Ohtani’s personal information to convince the bank to unfreeze the account when it was flagged for suspicious activity. This case serves as a reminder to take steps to protect oneself from online fraud and identity theft, such as using a password manager, implementing multi-factor authentication, and considering the use of passkeys for login security.