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Current News: Identity Theft 
Keeping you informed of the latest trends in identity theft helps you make educated decisions regarding the use of your personal information.  Each day, we scan major news outlets, search engines and various websites for the most relevant news of identity theft or fraud.

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3 Sent to Prison in Massive $100M ID Theft-Tax Fraud Case
ABC News, FL, Posted:  Thursday, April 07, 2016
Three people convicted of operating an estimated $100 million tax refund fraud operation that stands as one of the largest ever uncovered nationally were sent to prison Tuesday by a South Florida federal judge just days before this year's tax filing deadline.

How to Fight Tax Identity Theft
Nasdaq, NY, Posted:  Monday, February 08, 2016
The ordeal of tax identity theft often starts with a shock. 

Prevent Identity Theft When Filing Taxes This Year
Consumer Reports, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, January 13, 2016
File early, and be alert for IRS impersonators and tax frauds

These States Are Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft and Fraud
TIME, FL, Posted:  Thursday, December 03, 2015
To date, 2015 has seen 717 breaches, with access to more than 176 million records, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center’s Data Breach Report.

7 ways to avoid identity theft 
Market Watch, NY, Posted:  Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Anything that can help us reduce our risk for identity theft is greatly appreciated by most consumers. 

Feds report 17.6 million identity theft victims in 2014
Consumer affiars, NV, Posted:  Monday, September 28, 2015
According to the U.S. Justice Department, about 7% of the U.S. adult population – some 17.6 million people – suffered some type of identity theft last year.

Synthetic Identity Fraud: A New Kind of Costly ID Theft You’ve Never Heard Of
ABC News, NY, Posted:  Thursday, August 20, 2015
Identity theft has been an ever-growing problem, but authorities say there is a new twist on an old problem for us to worry about: Synthetic identity fraud. 

Identity theft growing problem on college campuses
KFVS 12, MO, Posted:  Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Fighting fraud is not likely a college student's top priority as they head back to school, but it's something they will want to watch out for throughout the year. 

New Low In IRS Service: Just 10% Of Possible ID Theft Victims Got Calls Answered 
Forbes, NY, Posted:  Friday, July 17, 2015
Even worse, for three consecutive weeks, from Feb. 21st to March 14th, the IRS answered fewer than 10% of calls from these possible ID theft victims.

Sen. Casey pushes identity theft bill
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, PA, Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2015
Highlighting data showing that Pennsylvania is second in the nation for incidents of identity theft, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., on Thursday pushed for passage of a bill that he said would help prevent ID theft and improve the response of the IRS to identity theft-related tax fraud. 

A New Joint Effort to Combat Tax Identity Theft 
The Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted:  Friday, June 19, 2015
The IRS, state officials and businesses are working together to fight stolen-identity refund fraud 

Why Medical Identity Theft Is Rising And How To Protect Yourself 
Forbes, NY, Posted:  Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Since the start of the year, these three major health insurers, all Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, have been victims of major data breaches, with up to about 92 million records affected. 

Fighting For Your Identity- Signs of identity theft 
ABC 34/40, AL, Posted:  Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Fighting For You takes a look at the signs of identity theft and what you need to know to keep yours safe. 

States with the most identity theft complaints 
USA Today, VA, Posted:  Thursday, April 30, 2015
While identity theft complaints are far more common in these states than in others, there are no safe states for identity theft.

U.S. Charges 42 in $21 Million South Florida Identity Theft-Fraud Takedown
NBC 6, FL, Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015
Federal investigators say 42 people in South Florida have been charged with identity theft and fraud that involved intended losses of $21 million. 

Identity theft victim spends 32 days in Missouri jail 
WSB-TV 2, GA, Posted:  Friday, March 27, 2015
A local man said police arrested him for crimes that he did not commit. 

Fake IRS Agent Scam Targets Public, Even Feds, While Identity Theft Tax Fraud Is Rampant 
Forbes, NY, Posted:  Friday, March 13, 2015
There is also a massive phone scam in which an impostor claiming to work for the IRS calls and intimidates you.

Stolen Identity: 2.3 Million Americans Suffer Medical ID Theft
NBC News, WA, Posted:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Once someone becomes a victim, it's extremely difficult to untangle the fraudulent bills and ruined medical records.

Tax-Refund Fraud Soaring, Little IRS Can Do
NBC News, MA, Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015
Tax-refund fraud is expected to soar again this tax season, and hit a whopping $21 billion by 2016, from just $6.5 billion two years ago, according to the Internal Revenue Service. 

Medical identity theft: Why you should worry 
Bankrate, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015
"Medical identity theft carries financial implications similar to other types of identity theft which can ruin your credit -- but it has even more devastating consequences," says Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center in San Diego. 

IRS Taking Steps to Try to Protect Against Identity Theft 
ABC News, WA, Posted:  Friday, January 16, 2015
A notice from the Internal Revenue Service saying your return won't be accepted might be your first clue that your identity has been stolen. 

City fraud investigator busted in identity theft scheme 
New York Post, NY, Posted:  Friday, January 09, 2015
A city fraud investigator was busted by the feds Thursday with six others for operating a multimillion-dollar identity theft and tax fraud scheme that involved purchasing the identities of children and then using their information to file false tax returns. 

ID theft: Why you should check if your kid has a credit report
CBS news, NY, Posted: Friday, January 02, 2015
"The rate of child ID theft is about 50 times higher than it is for adults," says Ken Abbe of the Federal Trade Commission.

Identity Theft Victims Face Months of Hassle 
FOX Business, NY, Posted:  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Over the next seven months the New York City resident spent hours on the phone, most of a day in a police station filing a report, and countless time sending documents to banks and credit reporting agencies to clear his credit history. 

The First 3 Things You Must Do if Your Identity is Stolen
PC Magazine, NY, Posted:  Friday, December 05, 2014
No matter how it happened, the moment you realize you've been hit with identity theft, there are three things you need to do immediately. 

How to Avoid Identity Theft
WTVC-TV, TN, Posted:  Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Identity Crimes Unit is offering tips on how you can protect yourself against identity theft during the holiday season.

Identity theft victims lose more than money 
The  Detroit News, MI, Posted:  Thursday, November 13, 2014
While the financial hit to people and companies is real, the emotional impact can be "life-altering," says Terrell McSweeny, a member of the Federal Trade Commission, at a conference Wednesday. 

IRS Warns Taxpayers To Be Diligent As Identity Thieves Add New Twist To Phone Scam 
Forbes, NY, Posted:  Friday, November 07, 2014
For the past several years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been encouraging taxpayers to file their returns electronically.

How Instagram photos become targets for ID theft 
FOX 9, MN, Posted:  Friday, October 31, 2014
The U.S. Attorney's Office, Secret Service and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are announcing the takedown and indictment of 25 members of the largest identity theft and bank fraud conspiracy Minnesota has ever seen.

How To Get Away with Identity Theft
ABC News, NY, Posted: Friday, October 24, 2014
There’s no better way to ask how someone’s identity can be stolen than by asking an identity thief herself.

Obama Announces New Measures to Protect Against Identity Theft, Fraud
The Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014
President Says Identity Theft Is Country’s Fastest-Growing Problem

U.S.Prosecutor: ID Theft Ring Bought Designer Goods
ABC News, NY, Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014
An identity theft and fraud ring used shoppers' stolen information to buy more than $400,000 worth of designer shoes, handbags and accessories from Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship store, with some employees aiding the scam, authorities said Monday.

AARP warns against identity theft scams 
Hillsboro Tribune, OR, Posted:  Friday, October 03, 2014
According to a new report from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), there are 10 things Americans do that put them at increased risk for identity theft. 

How identity theft cost Uncle Sam $5.2B in 2013 
CBS News, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Identity theft cost the Internal Revenue Service more than $5 billion in tax year 2013, according to an analysis from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. 

5 Charged in Identity Theft Ring That Is Linked to Bank Tellers 
The New York Times, NY, Posted:  Thursday, September 18, 2014
The victims were customers at several of banks in the region, including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America locations in the Bronx, White Plains and Yonkers.

Home Depot tells shoppers they’ll be okay if hacked
FOX 4, MO, Posted: Friday, September 05, 2014
Home Depot, faced with the possibility it was hacked, is assuring customers they’re off the hook if their credit card data was stolen.

College students urged to take steps against identity theft
FOX 11, WI, Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission says one in five identity theft victims are in their 20s. 

How to Spot and Prevent Medical Identity Theft 
FOX Business, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, August 20, 2014
While credit card breaches at retailers are grabbing headlines, identity thieves are quietly homing in on an even more lucrative area: health insurance and medical records.

Russian hackers have 1B passwords -- here's what to do 
CBS News, NY, Posted:  Monday, August 11, 2014
The theft of more than 1 billion passwords and 500,000 email addresses by Russian hackers is another reminder that consumers need to take preemptive action to avoid being victimized, experts say. 

ID theft criminals score during back-to-school time
Arizona Republic, AZ, Posted: Friday, August 01, 2014
The worst part of child ID theft is that it can go undetected for years.

3 Ways Consumers Fall Victim to Identity Theft 
U.S. News & World Report, DC, Posted:  Friday, July 25, 2014
Talk to enough victims of identity theft, and you start to realize that it really can happen to anyone – and sometimes, no matter how careful you are, it can happen to you.

Identity theft growing problem in state of New York 
ABC 7, NY, Posted:  Friday, July 18, 2014
Nearly 23 million private records of New Yorkers have been exposed in data security breaches reported by more than 3,000 businesses, nonprofits and governments over the past eight years, New York's attorney general reported. 

Identity theft rises, consumers rage 
CBS News, CA, Posted:  Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The big data breaches almost seem routine.

‘Synthetic’ ID Theft Emerging As Fastest-Growing Type Of Consumer Fraud 
CBS Local, CA, Posted:  Friday, June 20, 2014
Synthetic identity theft is the fastest-growing type of ID fraud in the U.S. and has already surpassed “true-name” identity fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission, which estimated it currently accounts for up to 85 percent of all identity fraud.

BBB: 10 tips to avoid identity theft during summer travel 
KFOX14, TX, Posted:  Friday, June 06, 2014
BBB is warning consumers to use extra precautions to keep identity thieves from spoiling your vacations this summer. 

9 women indicted in $20M stolen ID refund fraud ring that targeted soldiers
WFSA 12, AL, Posted:  Friday, May 23, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice says nine women have been indicted and charged for their alleged roles in a $20 million stolen identity refund fraud conspiracy.

Tips to prevent identity theft when you travel 
USA Today, VA, Posted:  Friday, May 16, 2014
Here are 11 ways to protect your identity while traveling. 

Prosecutor: ID theft scheme cost US Treasury $10M
The Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania said Wednesday that a massive identity theft and fake tax return scheme cost the U.S. Treasury an estimated $10 million. 

Nearly A Fifth Of Americans Suffer Data Breach -- Many Risk ID Theft
Forbes, NY, Posted:  Thursday, April 17, 2014
Data breaches — especially when your social security number is disclosed — can lead to identity theft.

Tax Identity Theft: Why You’re Vulnerable 
ABC News, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Tax identity theft can wreak havoc on your financial life.

IRS is overwhelmed by tax return identity theft 
KSL TV, UT, Posted:  Wednesday, March 26, 2014
With just under a month until the federal tax deadline, hundreds of thousands of Americans have reportedly been victimized by the No. 1 crime in the United States: identity theft. 

5 Ways Oversharing Can Lead to Identity Theft 
ABC News, NY, Posted:  Monday, March 10, 2014
So what should you stop doing online in order to better protect your identity offline? 

Identity theft is No. 1 consumer complaint 
CBS News, NY, Posted:  Friday, February 28, 2014
'This (identify theft) has topped the list since at least 2006," said David Torok, director of the FTC's Division of Planning and Information. 

Identity theft continues to claim more victims 
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA, Posted:  Friday, February 14, 2014
The report, by California-based Javelin Strategy & Research, found nearly one in three people who got a data breach notification last year became a victim of fraud. 

Here's What Identity Theft Will Look Like in 2014 
FOX Business, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, January 29, 2014
At the end of every year, the Identity Theft Resource Center reviews the events in the identity theft world from the previous year and makes predictions on what the future holds for the issue.

Federal Trade Commission warns about tax return identity theft
ABC 10, CA, Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014
Identity theft involving stolen tax refunds is one of the fastest growing forms of identity theft in the United States.

Tips from a victim on protecting yourself from identity theft 
FOX 6, WI, Posted:  Friday, January 03, 2014
Your information is out there, and the thieves will pass it around, so it’s best to never let it happen. 

Former state employee accused of stealing Metro teachers' personal information
WSMV-TV 4, TN, Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013
A former state employee accused of stealing Social Security numbers from thousands of Metro teachers was arrested Thursday night. 

Gov't: 1 in 14 Fell Prey to Identity Theft in 2012
ABC News, NY, Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
The government says 1 out of every 14 Americans age 16 or older was a target or a victim of identity theft, a crime imposing a heavy emotional toll on many of its victims. 

Cyber Monday: Tips to avoid identity theft 
KSBH-TV, MO, Posted:  Monday, December 02, 2013
Computer hackers have found all kinds of ways to pry into your electronic accounts. 

BBB warns about identity theft and Healthcare.gov .
KVUE-TV, TX, Posted:  Friday, November 22, 2013
Experts are worried users could run into additional problems once they finally are able to log onto Healthcare.gov. 

Cyber Monday full of identity theft risks
Consumer Affairs, NV, Posted:  Friday, November 15, 2013
But be warned: scammers and hackers are gearing up for Cyber Monday as well and one expert says Cyber Monday may be the most dangerous day of the year when it comes to having your identity stolen.

Teens Vulnerable To Identity Theft, Financial Crimes And Impersonation
Forbes, NY, Posted:  Friday, November 08, 2013
You might think that kids and teens don’t need to worry about identity theft but that’s not the case. 

Prosecutions end in 14-state identity theft ring 
San Francisco Chronicle, CA, Posted:  Friday, November 01, 2013
Federal authorities in Minnesota have wrapped up prosecuting members of an identity theft ring that involved more than 100 people and spanned 14 states. 

Identity Theft Costs More Than You Think 
WTAJ-TV, PA, Posted:  Friday, October 18, 2013
After four months, and a trip to the state police to get finger printed James was able to prove he was who he says he is and get the job.

Experts: Social media use puts young people at risk for ID theft
Arizona Republic, AZ, Posted:  Monday, October 07, 2013
Sharing a photograph of a driver’s license is obviously a bad idea, she said, but photos naming pets and identifying connections to parents and grandparents can tip thieves to passwords and security questions.

Medical identity theft could cost you your life 
Today.com, WA, Posted:  Thursday, September 12, 2013
Medical identity theft takes place when someone uses your name and personal identifying information to receive medical services, devices and/or prescription drugs. 

ID theft criminals using elaborate means to get your account info.
FOX 6 Now, WI, Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
FOX6's Contact 6 says identity theft criminals are using elaborate means to get their hands on your account information! 

Cobb man charged in $5.5 million ID theft scheme 
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA, Posted:  Friday, August 23, 2013
A Cobb County man has been charged in connection with a $5.5 million identity theft scheme, authorities said. 

BBB: 7 Tips To Avoid ID Theft On Campus 
FOX 2, MO, Posted:  Monday, August 12, 2013
College students are susceptible to identity theft, however, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends that they take seven simple steps to protect themselves on campus. 

How to Stop Identity Theft 
FOX Business, NY, Posted:  Friday, August 02, 2013
Consumers concerned about identity theft have good reason to worry. 

Protecting yourself from the 'invisible' crime of identity theft 
Idaho State Journal, ID, Posted:  Friday, July 26, 2013
You might not notice these crimes until they’re done, which can mean you’ll have months of inconvenience and time spent correcting the problem, in addition to the financial cost. 

Consumers may be at risk of ID theft during health care enrollments 
KCRA 3, CA, Posted:  Friday, July 19, 2013
As state officials get ready to train thousands of people to enroll Californians in health plans, questions are emerging about whether consumers are at risk for identity theft in the enrollment process. 

Outgoing bills can make you an ID theft target 
WAVE 3 News, KY, Posted:  Friday, July 12, 2013
Even the simple act of putting your outgoing bills in your mailbox can make you an easy target for identity theft. 

10 Ways To Become A Victim Of Tax Identity Theft 
Forbes, NY, Posted:  Friday, July 05, 2013
Based on recent court cases, here are 10 ways you can become a victim---without doing anything careless like answering a phishing email. 

Best Steps to Take After ID Theft
The Fiscal Times, NY, Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
The toll to your credit history can last for years, but there are things you can do to minimize the damage and protect yourself in the future. 

Identity theft : Florida top state in country for identity theft complaints 
WPTV News Channel 5, FL, Posted:  Friday, June 21, 2013
According to the Federal Trade Commission, South Florida is number one on the list for identity theft complaints.

Regulators and consumer advocates focus on senior identity theft
The Baltimore Sun, MD, Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Identity theft is one of the most common complaints by older consumers. 

Identity stolen? Here's what to do
ConsumerAffairs, NV, Posted:  Friday, June 07, 2013
You must act quickly to minimize the damage. 

Simple postal form can lead to identity theft 
WFTV 9, FL, Posted:  Thursday, May 30, 2013
Channel 9's Nancy Alvarez was told, at a local post office, that a person can walk in and fill out the form without showing any identification. 

Identity theft one of the fastest growing crimes in U.S.
WNCT 9, NC, Posted:  Thursday, May 23, 2013
Identity theft has topped the list of consumer complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission for more than a decade.

In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme
The New York Times, NY, Posted:  Friday, May 17, 2013
It was unclear to whom the hacked accounts belonged, and who might ultimately be responsible for the losses. 

Teens, others targeted by major ID theft ring in Denver metro area
9 News, CO, Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
First Judicial District Attorney Peter Weir announced 10 arrests in a major identity theft ring in the metro area Wednesday. 

Police arrest 11 alleged members of Paterson-based identity theft ring 
NJ.com, NJ, Posted:  Friday, May 03, 2013
Nearly a dozen members of a large identity theft ring that used stolen information to open up lines of credit at various department stores, authorities announced Thursday. 

Tips on Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft 
FOX 10, AL, Posted:  Thursday, April 18, 2013
Avoid becoming a victim of ID theft by remembering the three D's - Deter, Detect and Defend. 

IRS losing identity theft fight: Our view 
USA Today, VA, Posted:  Friday, April 12, 2013
Identity theft is a big and growing problem, and the crooks appear to be one step ahead of the IRS.

Identity Theft: Why Tax Refund Fraud Could Get Worse 
CNBC, NJ, Posted:  Friday, April 05, 2013
Tax refund fraud is a growing $5 billion a year problem as crooks are getting smarter and the IRS needs to work harder to catch thieves, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn.

Experts warn consumers about clever identity theft scams
ABC 10 News, CA, Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Children's Social Security numbers, medical histories and tax returns are big targets for identity thieves, experts told Team 10. 

Identity Theft Ringleader Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence
Federal Bureau of Investigation, PA, Posted:  Friday, March 15, 2013
Several of the victims have detailed the emotional distress and negative impact these crimes had on their lives.

12.6 Million Reasons Why Identity Theft Matters 
ABC News, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Identity theft is the top complaint in America according to a recent FTC report.

Identity theft at all-time high; ordeal for some victims never ends 
FOX 31, CO, Posted:  Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A new report on identity theft shows the crime is at an all-time high with nearly 13 million victims last year alone. 

Suspect in million-dollar identity theft case arrested, more victims sought 
FOX 4, MO, Posted:  Friday, February 15, 2013
A metro car dealer is accused of operating the biggest identity theft scam in Missouri.

IRS identity theft crackdown leads to 109 arrests 
USA Today, VA, Posted:  Thursday, February 07, 2013
Federal authorities took action against 389 people suspected of involvement in identity theft to commit tax fraud, the IRS said Thursday. 

More than 100 victims reported in Calhoun identity theft spree 
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI, Posted:  Friday, February 01, 2013
“But we are just scratching the surface,” said Captain Steve Eddy of the Calhoun County Sheriff Department.

Identity Theft Widespread in Early Part of the Year 
KLAS-TV 8, NV, Posted:  Friday, January 25, 2013
The crime is particularly prevalent this time of year. 

As Tax Season Nears, Identity Theft Rises 
CBS 4, FL, Posted:  Friday, January 18, 2013
And now is the time when postal carriers and the public are at risk.

Thieves steal thousands of South Floridians' IDs to file fake tax refunds 
Sun Sentinel, FL. Posted:  Friday, January 11, 2013
They are responsible for claiming more than $40 million in fraudulent refunds. 

9 ways to protect seniors from identity theft
MarketWatch, NY, Posted:  Friday, January 04, 2013
The belief is that many retirees and seniors are targets because they have higher cash reserves and are often less technologically savvy than others.

416 LSU patients notified of possible ID theft 
KATC TV3, LA, Posted:  Friday, December 28, 2012
A total of seven people were booked with identity theft.

Uprotected wireless routers can open you up to hackers, ID theft 
News 10, CA, Posted:  Thursday, December 20, 2012
In less than 10 minutes, a hacker could see files on shared networks, credit card information and more. 

Safeguard your kid’s personal information to protect them from ID thieves 
The Boston Globe, MA, Posted:  Friday, December 14, 2012
When children are victimized, the offense often goes undetected for a long time and it becomes hard to clear up the financial mess. 

Holidays Bring Threat Of ID Theft, Fraud
BusinessWeek, NY, Posted:  Friday, December 07, 2012 
And while many unscrupulous thieves content themselves with the packages, boxes and bags they can lift from an unlocked car, others are looking to steal your very identity. 

BBB Tips on Safe Holiday Shopping
ABC 7, IL, Posted:  Thursday, November 29, 2012
The BBB offers these tips to consumers tips on how to prevent fraud.

Study: 10,000 Identity Theft Rings in U.S. 
Time, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, November 21, 2012 
Identity theft is big business. Now, we’re finding out exactly how big. 

The Danger of Identity Theft After a Car Crash 
FOX Business, NY, Posted:  Friday, November 16, 2012
Lots of us may be giving up too much personal information after accidents. 

Identity Theft Is Getting More Sophisticated: How to Protect Yourself 
Daily Finance, NY, Posted:  Friday, November 09, 2012
Unfortunately, keeping your personal Fort Knox locked down isn't enough.

How to protect yourself from ID theft 
WCB-TV 2, SC, Posted:  Friday, November 02, 2012
Important to review credit card and bank statements monthly. 

Identity theft crushes Gladwin couple, $30,000 in debt racked up
WNEM TV 5, MI, Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012
One Mid-Michigan couple's story serves as a warning about a new wave of thieves. 

Afraid of ID theft? You should be
MSN Money, WA, Posted: Friday, October 19, 2012
A recent survey shows that 64% of Americans fear the possibility of identity theft. 

Medicare won't issue new IDs to identity-theft victims 
USA Today, VA, Posted:  Thursday, October 11, 2012
Medicare officials say it's too expensive and too many agencies are involved to reissue those numbers to patients victimized by identity theft.

How to Protect Against Identity Theft in College
U.S. News & World Report, DC, Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012
During Cyber Security Awareness Month, experts offer identity-protection tips to students. 

Medical ID Theft On The Rise, Could Put Lives In Danger 
CBS Local, MA, Posted:  Friday, September 28, 2012
Thieves are stealing medical identities, and that’s leaving victims with big bills and the potential for medical catastrophes. 

Four Ways to Protect Your Teen From Identity Theft 
FOX Business, NY, Posted:  Friday, September 21, 2012
Teens can be easy targets for fraudsters. 

Signs your identity has been hacked
AZ Family, AZ, Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012
So, what are the early warning signs that your identity might have been hacked? 

Is your college kid's ID safe? 
MSN Money, WA, Posted: Friday, September 07, 2012 
College students are most at risk for identity theft, experts say. Here's how they can protect themselves. 

A school lesson about identity theft
Kansas City Star, MO, Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
It’s no secret that identity thefts have seemingly reached near-epidemic proportions, with scammers indiscriminately targeting young and old alike. 

Protect Your College Student From ID Theft 
NASDAQ, NY, Posted:  Friday, August 24, 2012
Here are a few key steps that can help them protect themselves from identity thieves. 

Identity Theft A Danger For Kids 
CBS Miami, FL, Posted:  Thursday, August 16, 2012
Recent studies by Carnegie Mellon University found children may be 50 times more likely to have their identities stolen than adults.

IRS may have refunded $5 billion or more to identity thieves  
USA Today, VA, Posted:  Thursday, August 02, 2012
They estimate another $21 billion could make its way to ID thieves over the next five years.
How Seniors Can Fight Identity Theft 
San Francisco Chronicle, CA, Posted:  Monday, July 23, 2012
In recent years, more and more elderly citizens have found themselves as the victims of identity theft.

Identity theft scam claims Obama will pay your utility bills
FOX News, NY, Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012
To receive the money, scammers claim they need the consumer's Social Security and bank routing numbers. 

State Sen. Bills Target ID Theft 
Times Newsweekly, NY, Posted:  Friday, July 06, 2012
Higher Penalties For Those Convicted 

Identity theft can haunt a victim forever
WLOX 13, MS, Posted:  Friday, June 22, 2012
Identity theft is a serious crime that could haunt the victim for a long time. 

Scam Text Messages Could Lead To Identity Theft 
CBS, MO, Posted:  Thursday, June 14, 2012
Beware of scam text messages that could affect cell phones with malware and make personal information accessible to thieves. 

Identity theft victim fights to clear his name after deadly crash 
ABC 15, AZ, Posted:  Friday, June 08, 2012
A Texas man is trying to clear his name after his identity was stolen. 

St. Paul man pleads guilty in $2M ID theft ring 
Star Tribune, MN, Posted:  Friday, June 01, 2012
They would pilfer financial information and identities from cars, businesses, trash cans and mailboxes while also obtaining some information from bank employees.

Identity Theft: 'Kids Don't Know They're Victims' 
NPR, DC, Posted:  Thursday, May 24, 2012
According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America.

Identity thieves could rake in $26 billion in tax refunds
CNN, GA, Posted:  Thursday, May 10, 2012
The thieves know that the IRS does not verify the employer W-2s sent with the return until after the refund is issued. 

Md. first to protect kids from ID theft 
WTOP, DC, Posted:  Friday, May 04, 2012
Maryland is the first state to respond to recent reports that children are fast becoming the favorite target of identity thieves. 

Refund Tax Fraud, iPhone, Feed Identity Theft By Employees
Forbes, NY, Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
A wave of refund tax fraud is fueling demand for stolen IDs. 

Identity Theft Tops List of Tax Scams 
CNBC, NJ, Posted:  Friday, April 20, 2012
With most returns now filed electronically, all it takes is a Social Security number to file a return and claim a refund.

Md. passes measure to address child identity theft 
BusinessWeek, NY, Posted:  Friday, April 13, 2012
Overall, children are more likely than adults to be targeted for identity theft, according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

Banks and credit card firms keep ID theft victims in the dark 
Los Angeles Times, CA, Posted:  Thursday, April 05, 2012
It's time for lawmakers to step up with new requirements for informing people about security breaches.

Identity theft strikes co-founder of Microsoft 
New York Daily News, NY, Posted:  Friday, March 30, 2012
Even the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft isn't immune to identity theft, it seems. 

For identity theft victims, paying taxes is a nightmare
MSNBC, WA, Posted:  Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Victims describe hours of phone calls, piles of correspondence and long periods of silence in which they aren’t sure whether their problems are being resolved or not. 

New child identity protection program initiated
Deseret News, UT, Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff recently implemented a new Child Identity Protection program aimed at curtailing these crimes against children. 

Identity thefts tops list of consumer complaints
CNNMoney, NY, Posted:  Friday, March 09, 2012
For the 12th year in a row, identity theft was the number one consumer complaint.

ID theft, fraud cost Americans $1.52B last year 
MSNBC, WA, Posted:  Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Identity theft and other scams cost Americans $1.52 billion last year, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. 

Rise in identity fraud tied to smartphone use 
Reuters, NY, Posted:  Thursday, February 23, 2012
About 7 percent of all smartphone users fell victim to identity fraud in 2011, according to Javelin.

IRS faces surge in identity theft tax fraud
MSNBC, WA, Posted:  Friday, February 17, 2012
The IRS called ID theft one of the most complex threats it handles. 

ID Theft Overwhelming IRS Offices 
CBS, FL, Posted:  Wednesday, February 08, 2012
The IRS said it has limited resources to investigate identity thefts and apologizes to victims for any long delays. 

IRS tax fraud crackdown targets identity thieves
USA Today, VA, Posted:  Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Dozens of suspected identity thieves and others pursuing fraudulent tax refunds have been arrested in a nationwide crackdown.

Child identity theft a growing problem 
WXIA-TV, GA, Posted:  Friday, January 27, 2012
In fact, one in 10 kids is a victim of identity theft, often by a relative.

Fifty Indicted In Identity Theft Ring
Hartford Courant, CT, Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said Wednesday that authorities are trying to track down the illegal identities in all affected states. 

IRS Steps up Efforts to Combat Identity Theft 
Accounting Today, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Internal Revenue Service has increased its battle against identity theft.

Three New Ways to Protect Your Identity in 2012 
Forbes, NY,  Posted:  Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Don’t start 2012 as the victim of identity theft. 

Schemes and Rip Offs: Top Scams of 2011
MSNBC, WA, Posted:  Friday, December 30, 2011
One worrying trend that will help keep ID theft at the head of the top scams list is the growth in data breaches.

Scammers send phishing emails claiming to be Better Business Bureau 
ABC 2 News, MD, Posted:  Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The emails contain links, which Barnett says can pose a serious danger to your computer and your finances. 

Travelers at high risk of identify theft, experts say
USA Today, VA, Posted:  Thursday, December 15, 2011
Identity theft can be a rude awakening for many business travelers.

Miami VA Hospital employee charged with identity theft 
Miami Herald, FL, Posted:  Thursday, December 08, 2011
A Miami VA Hospital employee is charged with selling patient IDs for cash. 

Identity theft on the rise
MSNBC, WA, Posted:  Thursday, December 01, 2011
The stats also show U.S. households experienced about $13.3 billion in direct financial losses due to identity theft last year. 

BBB Offers 10 Tips For Safe Online Holiday 
STL Today, MO, Posted:  Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The BBB’s 10 tips for safe online shopping are as follows. 

5 Overlooked Places Where Your Identity Can Be Stolen
San Francisco Chronicle, CA, Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011
What you may not realize, though, is that your identity can be stolen in some places where you'd least expect. 

Metro Man Battling Long-Term Effects of ID Theft 
FOX 4, MO, Posted:  Friday, November 11, 2011
Bryant says that he’s always worried about what could come next. 

How Thieves Use Facebook to Steal Your Identity 
FOX Business, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Now ID thieves are mining the mother lode of personal information: social networking sites such as Facebook. 

Phishing scam masked as email from StubHub lands in inboxes; company warns customers to avoid 
Washington Post, DC, Posted:  Friday, October 28, 2011
The Better Business Bureau is also working with the StubHub to warn consumers. 

6 Ways to Protect Against Identity Theft 
The Street, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Data breaches and identity theft are becoming more common and widespread. 

As Kids Go Online, Identity Theft Claims More Victims 
CNBC, NJ, Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Because a child’s identity is pristine and often remains unchecked for more than a decade, it is uniquely desirable to identity thieves. 

Las Vegas Identity Theft Case Ends After 15 Years
ABC News, NY, Posted:  Friday, October 07, 2011
Jones pleaded guilty to one count of felony identity fraud.

Here's The Story Behind One Shocking Case Of Identity Theft
Business Insider, NY, Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Although we can never prevent the possibility of Identity Fraud, we can try to take precautions. 

Attorney General Coakley warns of robo-calls tied to identity theft scam 
Boston Globe, MA, Posted:  Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Beware of robo-calls claiming your debit card has been "locked." 

California Gov. signs identity theft protection bill into law 
CMIO, RI, Posted:  Friday, September 09, 2011
California Senate Bill 24 provides further elaborations to California's breach notification law.

Children are latest targets of identity-theft crooks
ABC 7, CA, Posted:  Thursday, September 01, 2011
Thousands of children are victimized each year by a growing form of high-tech child identity theft.

Fraud Unit: Student identity theft
FOX 11, AZ, Posted:  Friday, August 26, 2011
The Better Business Bureau is giving warnings about student identity theft. 

Former Laurel T.G.I. Friday’s employee indicted for identity theft 
Gazette, MD, Posted:  Friday, August 19, 2011
Credit card skimming scheme may be international operation 

Back-to-School 2011: How Students Can Avoid Identity Theft
MainStreet, NY, Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011
Younger Americans – especially college kids – may feel they’re financially bullet-proof, but they’re more vulnerable than they might think. 

Free Wi-Fi Could Mean Free-For-All For Personal Information
MSNBC, WA, Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2011
Pittsburgh-area cyber security experts warn that thieves are after personal details and have a new way to hijack your information online. 

Ga. computer hacker gets 10 year in prison, had 675,000 credit card numbers on his computers 
Washington Post, DC, Posted:  Thursday, July 28, 2011
More than $36 million in fraudulent transactions were traced back to accounts in Hackett’s possession. 

How to Repair Credit After Identity Theft
Benzinga, DE, Posted:  Friday, July 22, 2011
Identity theft is among the fastest growing crimes on record, and everyone needs to be aware that it could happen to them. 

FTC finds child ID theft a growing problem 
Consumer Reports, NY, Posted:  Thursday, July 14, 2011
What puts kids more at risk for identity theft, panelists agreed, is the freshness of their Social Security numbers.

Fraudsters Targeting Kids, Stealing Futures 
FOX Business, NY, Posted:  Thursday, July 07, 2011
Identity theft: it could happen to you; it could also happen to your child. 

IRS warns of electronic tax payment e-mail
WKYC-TV, OH, Posted: Friday, July 01, 2011
The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to be on the alert for a phony e-mail regarding electronic federal tax payments. 

BBB Advises Parents To Be On Guard For Signs of ID Theft Targeting Children 
Tucson Citizen, AZ, Posted:  Friday, June 24, 2011
BBB advises parents to be on the lookout for signs of child ID theft.

Nurse accused of stealing identities of hospital patients
9 News, CO, Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011
A nurse who worked at five or more hospitals in the Denver area faces 90 felony charges in a wide-ranging identity theft investigation 

12 Tips To Prevent Identity Theft 
KHTS, CA, Posted:  Friday, June 10, 2011
Taking the following precautions, provided by the LA County Sheriff's Department, can help you to protect yourself from identity theft. 

Taxpayer ID theft a growing problem 
Boston Globe, MA, Posted:  Thursday, June 02, 2011
Imagine filing your tax return and learning someone else got your refund.

Don't become a mark: 8 ways to avoid getting conned
MSNBC, WA, Posted:  Thursday, May 26, 2011
A former cop tells you how to stay one step ahead of scammers. 

How to Protect Yourself From Email Phishing Attacks
FOX Business, NY, Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
To protect against phishing crimesfollow these rules pertaining to emails: 

6 charged in LA with ID theft, $3m bank fraud
San Jose Mercury News, CA, Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged six people with an identity theft fraud that cost banks more than $3 million. 

Sony Offers ID Theft Protection to Customers 
ABC News, NY, Posted:  Friday, May 06, 2011
The massive data breach at Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Network has left accountholders worrying that their credit card information could fall into the wrong hands.

Gwinnett ID Theft Case Could Have 5,800 Victims
WSBTV, GA, Posted:  Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Duluth police arrested a woman who they said could be a link to a major identity theft ring stretching across the country.

FTC asks Congress for identity theft protections 
Reuters, NY, Posted:  Thursday, April 14, 2011
The FTC told Congress that the agency gets 15,000 to 20,000 calls every week about identity theft.

Wave of phishing could follow Epsilon hack
USA Today, VA, Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2011
Top banks, retailers and service companies have begun warning consumers to be on high alert for spoofed e-mails that may attempt to coax them into clicking on viral attachments or harmful Web links. 

MSNBC, WA, Posted: Friday, April 01, 2011
Child ID theft, among the more tragic and vexing 21st Century crimes, is much more common than previously thought 

Save Yourself from Identity Theft
PBS Nightly Business Report, FL, Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011
Identity theft is one of the biggest fraud threats to seniors, costing billions of dollars every year and the damages could grow as technology advances. 

10 Ways to Guard Against Identity Theft When Traveling 
NASDAQ, NY, Posted:  Thursday, March 17, 2011
It's easy to become a victim of identity theft while traveling, whether for work or pleasure. 

UPDATE: ID Theft Ranks No. 1 On FTC Consumer Complaint List
Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, March 09, 2011
New U.S. Federal Trade Commission data show that identity theft continues to be a top concern for consumers.

Bill would combat growing child ID theft
Nevada Appeal, NV, Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011
Child identity theft is a fast growing crime that often isn't discovered for years Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, said Wednesday. 

Lawsuit: Disney Left Workers Vulnerable To ID Theft 
FOX 11, CA, Posted:  Friday, February 25, 2011
The Walt Disney Co. was sued in federal court in Santa Ana today in a class action lawsuit that alleges the company-issued employee badges leave workers vulnerable to identity theft

Identity Theft Grows More Costly for Victims
CNBC, NJ, Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011
One reason for the increased burden on the consumer is due to a shift in the types of fraud being committed. 

17-Year-Long Identity Theft Case Ends With Arrest of California Man 
FOX News, NY, Posted:  Thursday, February 10, 2011
A 17-year-long identify theft nightmare is finally over for a Florida man following the arrest of a California resident, Fox40.com reports. 

NY Document: ID Theft Ring Targets Apple Stores 
NPR, DC, Posted:  Wednesday, February 02, 2011
A law enforcement official said the allegations ultimately involve 27 people and roughly $1 million in merchandise.

How safe is free public Wi-Fi?
WPTV, FL, Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011
You should disable your laptop's file and printer sharing features. 

Protecting Mail From Identity Thieves 
New York Times, NY, Posted:  Friday, January 21, 2011
As employers and banks mail out your year-end and tax documents this month, you shouldn’t just be thinking about preparing your taxes.

How your Facebook profile exposes your identity
FOX 31, CO, Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011
Posting your birth place, pet's name or you email address can be devastating to your identity. 

BBB Lists Top 10 Scams and Rip-Offs of 2010
Better Business Bureau, VA, Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2011
The Better Business Bureau today released a list of the top 10 scams and rip-offs of 2010. 

Nearly 12 million in U.S. were victims of identity theft, report says
Los Angeles Times, CA , Posted: Monday, December 27, 2010
Nearly 12 million people, about 5% of the U.S. population ages 16 and older, were victims of identity theft in a recent two-year period, the Department of Justice reported Thursday.

Thieves Stealing Identities By 'Fishing' For Mail In Drop-off Boxes 
ABC News, NY, Posted:  Thursday, December 16, 2010
Spencer said thieves are "fishing" in a creative way by using sticky mouse traps attached to a long string to pull mail out of the drop-off boxes. 

Identity theft danger grows during the holidays
ABC12, MI, Posted:  Friday, December 10, 2010
It's an alarming statistic that normally increases this time of years, and it could take victims years and thousands of dollars to repair the damage. 

Odds someone else has your SSN? One in 7 
MSNBC, WA, Posted:  Friday, December 03, 2010
What are the odds someone else has used your Social Security number? One in 7. 

Former UCM Students Charged with Identity Theft in Hacking Plot
FOX 4, MO, Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Two former University of Central Missouri students have been indicted in a computer hacking plot, as prosecutors allege that the pair planned to sell the identities of 90,000 students, faculty and alumni. 

The 12 cyber scams of Christmas
MSNBC, WA, Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Security software company McAfee recently released its "12 Scams of Christmas" list, and offers of "free" iPads — among this year's most coveted tech gadgets — comes in at No. 1. 

Identity Theft Reported By 33% Of Healthcare Organizations 
Information Week, CA, Posted:  Wednesday, November 10, 2010
A Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey has revealed that 33% of respondents said their organization has had at least one known case of medical identity theft, and that some cases may never be reported. 

Tips to protect your identity
CNN Money, GA, Posted:  Friday, November 05, 2010
Here's what you need to do to make sure you are not the next victim.

Identity theft is on the rise, but there are deterrents
Montgomery News, PA, Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010
The best deterrent, authorities say, is for people to guard their personal information to keep from becoming victims. 

Identity Theft Continues to Victimize Millions Each Year
Better Business Bureau, VA, Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Further, ID theft has remained the number one complaint to the FTC for the past five years. 

Watch out for ATM skimming 
MarketWatch, WA, Posted:  Thursday, October 14, 2010
Skimming devices placed over card-reader slots capture your information

FBI announces arrests in $70 million cyber-theft
CNN, GA, Posted:  Thursday, October 07, 2010
Authorities did not identify the creator of the "malware" which enabled the successful targeted "phishing" or "spearfishing" operation.

Information On Fax Machines Could Lead To ID Theft
CBS 2 Chicago, IL, Posted:  Thursday, September 30, 2010
CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman has discovered yet another way thieves can get access to your most sensitive information, and take you for thousands of dollars. 

Hundreds fall victim to ID theft scam
ABC 7, IL, Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Hundreds of people lost thousands of dollars, and Sunday, Chicago police were offering up tips to help protect against scam artists. 

Colorado gets first victims advocate for ID theft cases
Denver Post, CO, Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Federal Trade Commission, charged with tracking identity-theft trends, each year reports that Colorado ranks in the top 10 for the number of ID-theft victims. 

Thieves Steal Personal Information at Gas Pumps
KKTV 11, CO, Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Police say thieves are targeting gas pumps along the front range and stealing personal information. 

5 Steps to Protect Your College Student's ID
NASDAQ, NY, Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2010
College students can be particularly vulnerable to ID theft. 

Bank of America settles Countrywide data theft suits
Los Angeles Times, CA, Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010
The bank will provide free credit monitoring, identity theft insurance and reimbursement for losses to as many as 17 million consumers who dealt with its mortgage unit.

Credit Crooks: Ohio Identity Theft Cases Double in 2010
FOX 8 News, OH, Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010
Identity theft cases have doubled in the buckeye state over the past year. "It's a huge problem," says Sgt. Gregory Blake, "probably the fastest rising crime in the country." 

Your Child's ID is at Risk - and There's Not Much You Can Do to Prevent It 
Better Business Bureau, VA, Posted:  Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Hundreds of online businesses are finding inactive Social Security numbers online...

ID Thieves Now Targeting Children
FOX News, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Experts say the fraud will be difficult to stop because it's so easily concealed and targets such vulnerable people.

Identity Theft Scam Targets Diabetics
Consumer Affairs, CA, Posted:  Wednesday, July 28, 2010
If you have diabetes, you may have another potential risk: becoming the target of an identity theft scam.

BBB warns of Facebook scam
Salisbury Post, NC, Posted:  Friday, July 23, 2010
The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about the latest “phishing” scam that is making the rounds of Facebook this week. 

Senators reintroduce identity theft measure
Nextgov,DC, Posted:  Thursday, July 15, 2010
A measure reintroduced in the Senate on Wednesday would trump state regulations that seek to protect consumers from identity theft by...

How to protect your company and customers from identity theft
Kansas City Star, MO. Posted: Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Identities can be stolen from a business by someone physically or electronically taking personnel or clientele records. 

White House Releases Draft Digital Identity Strategy 
InformationWeek, CA, Posted:  Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The White House expects to get the President's seal of approval on the final plan by October, which is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Hackers Aren't Only Threat to Privacy
Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A large amount of personal information is being left exposed or poorly protected by companies and governments.

ID theft ring on Staten Island steals from soldiers: authorities 
New York Post, NY, Posted:  Thursday, June 17, 2010
A massive Staten Island-based ID theft ring ripped off more than $5 million from about 200 people, including 20 Fort Hood soldiers, said authorities who conducted raids Tuesday in Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn. 

Job seekers, be careful
Chicago Tribune, IL, Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Now here's one more thing for them to worry about: It's a bumper year for identity thieves who target job hunters.

FTC pushes back identity theft rules deadline -- for fifth time
BusinessWeek, IA, Posted:  Monday, June 07, 2010
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has once again pushed back its enforcement deadline for an identity theft --lated regulation called the Red Flags Rule.

U.S. is requiring companies to defend against identity theft
Los Angeles Times, CA, Posted;  Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Starting June 1, all businesses that extend credit to customers will have to develop plans to try to prevent identity theft.

Protect yourself from ID thieves
ABC 13, TX, Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010
Identity theft is a serious crime that can cost you time, money, and the credit you've spent your life building.

Postal worker accused of stealing identities
WRCB TV, TN, Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010
A postal worker and another suspect are facing federal indictments after being accused of stealing people's identities.

Lawmakers Push for Bill to Regulate Personal Information Consumers Input Online and Off
TMCnet, CT, Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2010
The bill would require companies collecting personal information to allow customers to opt out of the collection, and would require companies to get permission before sharing customers’ personal information with third parties. 

Former bank employee indicted on identity theft charges
NBC 13, AL, Posted:  Wednesday, April 28, 2010
A federal grand jury today indicted a former Regions Bank employee on fraud and identity theft charges, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, Postal Inspector Frank Dyer and Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Roy Sexton announced. 

DOJ:Belarusian Web Site Creator Accused Of Assisting ID Theft 
Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted:  Friday, April 23, 2010
U.S. prosecutors have charged a Belarusian man with operating a Web site designed to help identity thieves use stolen financial data, including credit card numbers. 

BBB Stresses Importance Of Securing ID
KELOLAND TV, SD, Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010
A recent survey found one in every ten Americans have already fallen victim to identity theft.

2010 U.S. Census: Feds Worried Mass Identity Theft, Lawsuits Could Derail $15 Billion...
Huffington Post, NY, Posted:  Friday, April 09, 2010
As the U.S. census nears its final stages, the government is preparing for possible debacles that could derail its $15 billion head count, from mass identity theft and lawsuits to homeowners who refuse to answer their doors.
Justice Dept. criticized over identify theft
Reuters, NY, Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The Justice Department has failed to treat identity theft, one of the nation's fastest growing crimes, as a priority, the agency's inspector general said in a report released on Tuesday. 

Hacker Gets 20 Years in Largest Identity-Theft Case 
Bloomberg, NY, Posted:  Thursday, March 25, 2010
A Miami man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for charges linked to computer hacking in what prosecutors called the largest identity-theft case in U.S. history. 

18- to 24-year-olds most at risk for ID theft, survey finds
Washington Post, DC, Posted: Friday, March 19, 2010
Last year, there were an estimated 11.1 million identity fraud victims of all ages, a 12 percent increase from the year before, according to the survey.

Prosecutors charge trio in identity theft ring that netted $2 million
Los Angeles Times, CA, Posted:  Friday, March 12, 2010
Prosecutors charged a trio of suspected identity thieves each with nearly two dozen criminal charges Monday for allegedly taking $2 million by using credit card skimming technology at gas pumps.

Medical identity theft strikes 5.8% of U.S. adults
Computerworld, MA, Posted:  Thursday, March 04, 2010
Roughly 5.8% of American adults have been victimized, according to a new survey from The Ponemon Institute. The cost per victim, on average, is $20,160.

FTC: Identity Theft Is No. 1 Consumer Complaint
Wired, DE, Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010
That’s because identity theft was the top consumer complaint for 2009, the Federal Trade Commission reported Wednesday.

Malicious Software Infects Computers 
New York Times, NY, Posted:  Thursday, February 18, 2010
In many cases they install so-called keystroke loggers to capture personal information. 

Online and Mobile Fraud Rises
Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted:  Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The number of victims in the U.S. increased 12% to 11.1 million adults in 2009, while the total annual fraud amount increased by 12.5% to $54 billion.

Identity thieves use sophisticated techniques to steal money
Washington Post, DC, Posted:  Monday, February 01, 2010
Identity thieves are getting more and more sophisticated and harder to stop. 

Identity Theft on the Rise
PC World, CA, Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010
Identity theft has been a major and growing problem in the United States for several years.

BBB warning of text messaging banking scam 
WHAS 11, KY, Posted:  Thursday, January 21, 2010
This is a consumer watch for all of you bank customers out there.

Fraud Alert: Be Cautious About Haiti Relief Scams
ABC News, IL, Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010
The FBI and security experts warned on Thursday of the likelihood of scams as requests for donations start pouring in via e-mail, text message, telephone and Twitter. 

2010 Census underway, beware of identity theft
KIDK, ID, Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
With so much information being gathered it is important you protect yourself by giving out only what is necessary. 

Identity Thieves Target Big Banks
KPHO, AZ, Posted:  Tuesday, January 12, 2010
If you have an account at a major bank, chances are you may have been put at risk for identity theft, according to members of the Merchants Identity Theft Advisory Board.

The biggest consumer scams of 2009 
ConsumerReports.org, NY, Posted:  Friday, January 08, 2010
The Better Business Bureau today came out with its list of last year’s top scams and, not surprising, offers preying on Americans’ vulnerability in tough economic times accounted for many of the ripoffs. 

Skimming Scams – Identity Theft Gets Sophisticated
13WHAM-TV, NY, Posted:  Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Identity thieves have been using more sophisticated devices, but now, a new state law targets thieves who use skimming devices, which are small and hard to spot. 

ID Theft Threats to Watch in 2010
BankInfoSecurity.com, NJ, Posted:  Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Financial scams and incidents of medical identity theft are on the rise - and they're among the main threats to business and consumers in 2010.

White House appoints cybersecurity chief
CNET News, CA, Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Former security adviser Howard Schmidt is returning to the White House as President Obama's new cybersecurity coordinator, the White House announced Tuesday. 

BBB warns of Top 5 holiday scams
WMBF, SC, Posted: Friday, December 18, 2009
The organization has identified the top five 2009 holiday scams as gifts that could keep on giving, or gifts you will never receive:

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