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.
REPORT: CHILD ID THEFT ON THE RISE
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:
"Vishing" is Latest Scam Among Many
News 10, CA, Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009
There's a new text messaging scam hitting the region called "vishing." The Better Business Bureau said it is a variation on using technology to try and rip you off.
House passes bill to require data breach notifications
FCW.com, VA, Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009
The House has passed a bill that would set nationwide rules for notifying potential victims of identify theft when their personal information that’s stored electronically is improperly exposed.
The hidden costs of identity theft
CNN, GA, Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2009
But it often takes the average identity theft victim months, if not years, to resolve their case, security experts say. Some say that no matter what they do, they still encounter problems getting credit.
Fake Swine Flu Emails Lead to Real Malware Infection
PC World, CA, Posted: Thursday, December 03, 2009
A new malware campaign uses faked e-mails that appear to inform of H1N1 vaccination programs from the Centers from Disease Control, but actually attempts to install the Zeus Trojan.
BBB advice for safe holiday shopping online
WCNC, NC, Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2009
The Better Business Bureau warns that the holiday season provides many opportunities for scammers to steal your identity when you're shopping online.
Patient ID Theft Rises
Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Medical identity theft is on the rise and expected to worsen.
FBI Puts Cyber Threats in Perspective
GovInfoSecurity.com, NJ, Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The FBI considers the cyber threat against our nation to be one of the greatest concerns of the 21st century
Bank teller, 5 others accused of identity theft
Miami Herald, FL, Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009
A bank teller and five other people were arrested this week in a tri-county crackdown on identity theft rings in South Florida, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
FAQ: Recognizing phishing e-mails
CNET News, CA, Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Here is some basic information that can help people avoid being tricked by phishing attacks
Unsecured Internet Puts Users At Risk of Identity Theft
Local News 8, ID, Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009
If your network isn't locked up, your personal files can fly through the airwaves of cyber space without you even knowing and could even end up in the hands of a hacker.
Hacking ring caught in $9 million fraud
MSNBC, WA, Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Federal authorities have busted what they call "one of the most sophisticated computer hacking rings in the world" winning indictments against eight people from Russia, Estonia and Moldova.
Federal data protection law inches forward
Computerworld, MA, Posted: Thursday, November 05, 2009
A sweeping new bill that would implement a national standard for data protection and breach notification got a boost of support today from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
FTC allows eight more months for Red Flags compliance
SC Magazine, NY, Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2009
This marks the fourth time the agency has delayed the deadline, now set for June 1, 2010. The rule had been scheduled to take effect Sunday.
FTC's Red Flags Enforcement to Begin Nov. 1
Thompson, FL, Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009
The rule requires many business and organizations defined as creditors, including health care providers, to implement a written program to detect early warning signs of identity theft in their daily operations, as well as develop prevention and mitigation plans.
Manhattan DA: Computer Technician Charged In Identity Theft
Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted; Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A computer technician has been charged with allegedly stealing the identities of more than 150 Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (BK) employees and using their identities to steal more than $1.1 million from charities, non-profit groups and others, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Organized crime getting deeper into medical identity theft
Fierce Healthcare, DC, Posted: Friday, October 23, 2009
As we've reported here previously, evidence continues to grow that organized crime groups are taking an increasing interest in the medical fraud business, notably running identity theft and false claims schemes.
5 indicted in 3-year, $1.3M identity-theft ring
Philadelphia Daily News, PA, Posted: Friday, October 23, 2009
Bell was the ringleader of a Philadelphia-based bank-fraud and identity-theft ring who parlayed his liaisons with bank employees to get customers' personal information and account numbers.
Facebook, Twitter users beware: Crooks are a mouse click away
CNN, GA, Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
If you're on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site, you could be the next victim.
Hospitals take steps to prevent identity theft
Bismarck Tribune, ND, Posted: Friday, October 16, 2009
Starting Nov. 2, the hospital will require a driver's license or other official form of identification when people check in for appointments and procedures.
Report: Identity theft is more prevalent than IRS data shows
Nextgov, DC, Posted: Monday, October 12, 2009
Identity theft-related tax fraud is more widespread than Internal Revenue Service statistics indicate, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
Former NY Fed Employee Pleads Guilty In ID Theft Scheme
NASDAQ, NY, Posted: Friday, October 09, 2009
A former employee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York pleaded guilty to criminal charges Tuesday in an alleged identity theft scheme that prosecutors said used identities stolen from the New York Fed, prosecutors said Tuesday.
FBI snags 100 people in global identity-theft scheme
Los Angeles Times, CA, Posted: Wednesday, October 07, 2009
More than 50 people have been indicted in Southern California, Las Vegas and Charlotte, N.C., in connection with a "phishing" scheme to steal bank account information from thousands of victims in the United States, an FBI spokeswoman said.
New computer viruses target banks, social networks
Reuters, NY, Posted: Friday, October 02, 2009
Cyber criminals are increasingly focusing their attacks on the hundreds of millions of users of social networks and on loopholes in bank security systems, security software vendors said on Wednesday.
Protect Your Privacy on Facebook and Twitter
PC World, CA, Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Facebook, Twitter and other social networks have quickly become an integral part of the online culture, and with them comes a whole new array of potential security threats.
Will your privacy be compromised online?
CNN, GA, Posted: Monday, September 28, 2009
As of September 22, there have been 379 data breaches reported by the Identity Theft Resource Center in 2009, affecting more than 13 million records.
New Scam Targets Veterans
Consumer Affairs, CA, Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2009
They target military veterans, pretending to be working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Hacker Pleads Guilty in Largest U.S. Identity Theft
Bloomberg, NY, Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009
A Miami man pleaded guilty to computer hacking in what prosecutors called the largest identity theft case in U.S. history.
Man Pleads Guilty in Wal-Mart Card Phishing Scheme
PC World, CA, Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009
A Sacramento, California, man has pleaded guilty to charges for his role in an international scam that netted sensitive information on tens of thousands of Internet users and then used that data to open fraudulent Wal-Mart credit cards.
Doctors' receptionist guilty in $2.1M ID theft ring
Washington Examiner, DC, Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2009
A former receptionist for two medical doctors in downtown Washington has pleaded guilty to stealing the personal information of 37 patients as part of her role in a $2.1 million identity theft ring...
Identity Theft Ring Used a Bewigged Woman to Cash Checks at Banks
New York Times, NY, Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2009
A sophisticated identity theft ring whose victims included Anna Bernanke, the wife of the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, often sent a woman wearing wigs into bank branches to drain accounts, the authorities said Tuesday.
Check for ID theft if card issuers are closing accounts inexplicably
Los Angeles Times, CA, Posted: Monday, August 31, 2009
You need to check your reports to see whether your good name has been hijacked by an identity thief.
ID-Theft Ring Ensnares Even the Fed Chairman
Washington Post, NY, Posted: Friday, August 28, 2009
In a statement yesterday, Bernanke emphasized that anyone can become a victim of identity theft -- which law enforcement officials have long said is among the fastest-growing financial crimes.
Newsweek: Bernanke victim of identify fraud
Kansas City Star, MO, Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2009
If ever there were living proof that identity theft can strike the mighty and powerful as well as hapless consumers, look no further than the nation's chief banker: Ben Bernanke.
Malware designed to steal IDs increased 600 percent
SC Magazine, NY, Posted: Friday, August 21, 2009
The number of users victimized by malware specifically intended to rob personally identifiable information (PII) leapt 600 percent this year compared to the same period in 2008, according to a report released on Thursday by PandaLabs, a division of Bilbao, Spain-based Panda Security.
Man charged in largest-ever ID theft scheme
MSNBC, WA, Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009
Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Miami man with the largest case of credit and debit card data theft ever in the United States, accusing the one-time government informant of trying to gain access to 130 million accounts.
Palm Beach County school police officer pleads guilty in fraud scheme
Sun Sentinel, FL, Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009
Since 2003, he used law enforcement and school district databases to steal the identities of students, teachers, family members and even a fellow officer.
Seattle Man Used Limewire for Identity Theft
PC World, CA, Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2009
A Seattle man was sentenced to more than three years in prison Tuesday for using the Limewire file-sharing service to lift personal information from computers across the U.S.
IRS Alerts Public to New Identity Theft Scams
News Channel 7, SC, Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2009
The Internal Revenue Service reminds consumers to avoid identity theft scams that use the IRS name, logo or Web site in an attempt to convince taxpayers that the scam is a genuine communication from the IRS.
FTC Delays Launch of ID-Theft Program
Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission has postponed a deadline for many of the nation's businesses -- including banks, public utilities and health-care providers -- to comply with a controversial identity-theft prevention program.
ID Theft Ring Allegedly Bribed DMV Employees
NBC, CA, Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009
Counter-terrorism investigators busted an alleged identity theft ring whose members are suspected of bribing Department of Motor Vehicles employees in Inglewood and several states to provide fake documents.
Coming Soon To A Doctor's Office Near You: Photo ID Check
Kaiser Health News, DC, Posted: Friday, July 24, 2009
Armed with as little as a stolen name, Social Security number and date of birth, an imposter can walk into a doctor’s office or hospital and receive services billed to the victim or the insurance provider.
Identity theft: Criminals increasingly target children's identities
Chicago Tribune, IL, Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Diamond is one of a growing number of children whose identities have been stolen by adults. Credit rating bureaus and utility companies say they are seeing more and more adults misusing children's identities.
Child identity theft: How to protect your kids
WTHR, IN, Posted: Friday, July 17, 2009
It happens to thousands of kids every year and most parents have no idea how to stop it.
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find Social Security Numbers Can Be Predicted
Carnegie Mellon, PA, Posted: Friday, July 10, 2009
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have shown that public information readily gleaned from governmental sources, commercial data bases, or online social networks can be used to routinely predict most — and sometimes all — of an individual's nine-digit Social Security number.
Weakness in Social Security Numbers Is Found
New York Times, NY, Posted: Tuesday, July 07, 2009
The nation’s Social Security numbering system has left millions of citizens vulnerable to privacy breaches, according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, who for the first time have used statistical techniques to predict Social Security numbers solely from an individual’s date and location of birth.
U.S. and Europe Jointly Establish Cyber-Crime Force
Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2009
The U.S. Secret Service plans to unveil Tuesday plans for a pan-European task force charged with preventing identity theft, computer hacking and other computer-based crime.
CBP Fights Identity Theft at Ports of Entry
Corrections.com, MA, Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2009
Often times, the persons attempting to enter the U.S. in this fashion use documents they have purchased or found that belong to other people and pretend to be that person for the express purpose of gaining entry.
Cybercrime spreads on Facebook
Reuters, NY, Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Cybercrime is rapidly spreading on Facebook as fraudsters prey on users who think the world's top social networking site is a safe haven on the Internet.
TJX agrees to pay $9.75 million to 41 states in data breach case
Los Angeles Times, CA, Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Retail giant TJX Cos. agreed Tuesday to pay $9.75 million to 41 states including California to settle an investigation of a massive data breach that jeopardized millions of payment card numbers.
Text Scam Says Visa Account Closed
KPTV, OR, Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2009
A nationwide text messaging scam that aims to trick cell phone users into handing over their bank account information has swept the country in recent weeks.
Boom time for cybercrime
Consumer Reports, NY, Posted: Friday, June 12, 2009
One in five online consumers were victims of a cybercrime in the past two years, according to the latest Consumer Reports State of the Net survey.
Your Medical Problems Could Include Identity Theft
New York Times, NY, Posted: Friday, June 12, 2009
Medical identity theft takes many guises. In Mr. Sharp’s case, someone got hold of his name and Social Security number and used them to receive emergency medical services, which many hospitals are obliged to provide whether or not a person has insurance.
ID Theft Red Flags Rule: Agencies Release FAQs
BankInfoSecurity.com, NJ, Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2009
The federal banking regulators and the Federal Trade Commission today issued a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help financial institutions and other businesses comply with the ID Theft Red Flags Rule.
Bank teller charged with fraud in $270,000 scheme
Boston Globe, MA, Posted: Friday, June 05, 2009
Gautreaux sold account information to other people, who then used the information to make unauthorized withdrawals from customers' accounts, according to the indictment.
Thieves Snatch Billions in Credit Card Fraud
ABC News, NY, Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Identity thieves snatch tens of billions dollars a year through credit card fraud, either outright, or by selling your card information to other crooks across the globe.
ID Theft Use of Credit Cards Leaps
PC World, CA, Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009
ID theft victims are much more likely to get hit with fraudulent charges on their credit cards or debit cards, according to a new study from the Identity Theft Resource Center that tracks the effects of ID theft.
Not smiling on driver's license could prevent identity theft: new policies in four states
New York Daily News, NY, Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The Department of Motor Vehicles is now a virtual no-smile zone in four states, thanks to new technology that scans for identity fraud based on facial features.
BBB Warns Of Census Scams
Ozarks First, MO, Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2009
Officials with the Better Business Bureau are alerting residents to the possibility of a scam surrounding the information gathering done for the U.S. Census Bureau.
Fort Lauderdale cops bust suspected identity theft ring
Miami Herald, FL, Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Fort Lauderdale police arrested 24 of 40 suspected people in an identity theft ring that included bank employees, bank managers and a federal postal worker.
Credit Card, ID Theft Ring Busted
FOX News, NY, Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009
New York City officials said Thursday they broke up an international credit card and identity theft ring that caused more than $12 million in losses last year.
ATMs on Staten Island rigged for identity theft; bandits steal $500G
New York Daily News, NY, Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
A band of brazen thieves ripped off hundreds of New Yorkers by rigging ATMs to steal account and password information from bank customers.
Justices Limit Use of Identity Theft Law in Immigration Cases
The New York Times, NY, Posted: Friday, May 08, 2009
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a favorite tool of prosecutors in immigration cases, ruling unanimously that a federal identity-theft law may not be used against many illegal workers who used false Social Security numbers to get jobs.
FTC Delays "Red Flags Rule" Enforcement Until August 1
Healthcare Association of New York State, NY, Posted: Tuesday, May 05, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is again delaying enforcement of the new “Red Flags Rule” until August 1, 2009.
Identity theft targets unemployed workers
Chicago Tribune, IL, Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2009
With unemployment soaring, identity thieves are increasingly preying on job seekers
Identity theft is flourishing in a poor economy
The Star-Ledger, NJ, Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2009
People who steal your name for a living are becoming more ingenious in desperate times.
Why the Government's Ability to Protect Against Online Attacks Is Limited
U.S. News & World Report, DC, Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Partly because of these vulnerabilities, the FBI says cybersecurity is now its No. 3 priority, after counterterrorism and counterintelligence.
Report: Payment card data was top target in 2008
CNET News, CA, Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009
Last year, 295 million records were compromised and there were 90 confirmed breaches, the Verizon Business 2009 Data Breach Investigations Report (PDF) found.
Crooks Trick Your Caller ID for Identity Theft
ABC News, NY, Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Many of us rely on caller ID to screen our calls and protect our privacy, but maybe you shouldn't trust that little digital display.
ID Theft Red Flags Rule: Are You Ready for May 1?
BankInfoSecurity.com, NJ, Posted: Monday, April 13, 2009
This is the date when the Federal Trade Commission will finally start to enforce the Identity Theft Red Flags Rule, for which federally-regulated banks and credit unions have been tested for compliance since last Nov. 1.
The Conficker Worm: What Happens Next?
CBS News, NY, Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2009
One of the most dangerous threats ever, a computer worm known as "Conficker," is spreading through the Internet right now.
As Economy Worsens, More Americans Fear Card Fraud and Identity Theft
Security Management, VA, Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2009
A majority of Americans fear having their identities stolen as well as other types of fraud, particularly involving payment cards, according to a new survey by the Unisys Security Index.
Boy, 11, victim of identity theft
United Press International, DC, Posted: Friday, April 03, 2009
A Florida woman is trying to clear her 11-year-old son's credit record after someone used his Social Security number to obtain credit and spend, spend, spend.
Department of Defense taking steps to prevent identity theft
Scout Newspaper, CA, Posted: Friday, April 03, 2009
The Department of Defense has begun the process of removing Social Security numbers from issued identification cards in an effort to prevent identity theft.
FBI: Thousands Of P.R. Kids Victims Of ID Theft
CBS 11, TX, Posted: Wednesday, April 01, 2009
An identity-theft ring that catered to illegal immigrants seeking to establish themselves in the U.S. stole the personal data of 7,000 public school children in Puerto Rico, officials said Tuesday.
Red flag rules on identity theft take effect soon
American Medical News, IL, Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission implemented the so-called red flag rules, which impose certain duties on financial institutions and creditors with the goal of curtailing the growing issue of consumer identity theft.
Whether Filing Online Or Off, Don't Ignore Identity-theft Risks
FOX Business, NY, Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009
No matter how you choose to file your taxes -- pen and paper, online or with a paid preparer -- you face the risk that miscreants will filch a copy of your return and use your valuable financial information to enrich themselves.
New Study Highlights Data Losses from Employee Turnover
ENT News, CA, Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Whether from enterprise-instituted layoffs or employees voluntarily changing jobs, these changes can put a company at risk for a data breach if employees leave with sensitive or confidential material.
Identity theft nets some tax refunds, stimulus checks
CNN, GA, Posted: Friday, March 20, 2009
Thousands of taxpayers across the country aren't getting their refund or stimulus checks because criminals have stolen their Social Security numbers in an identity theft scam, CNN has learned.
Identity Thieves Targeting Children And Teens
WREG, TN, Posted: Friday, March 20, 2009
There's a warning about identity theft, that could affect a member of your family you'd least expect.
ID thieves targeting tax returns
MSNBC, WA, Posted: Monday, March 16, 2009
Identity thieves are now targeting tax returns to make money at your expense. In fact, the problem has become so bad, the Internal Revenue Service opened a special office to handle identity theft cases.
Scammers Target Online Job Seekers
MSNBC, WA, Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2009
People who are out of work and looking for jobs online might be the target of identity theft scammers.
Panda: ID theft Trojans are on 1 in 100 PCs we scan
IT World, MA, Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Perhaps as many as ten million PCs are infected with sneaky programs designed to steal sensitive financial information, antivirus vendor Panda Security reports.
Gartner: Financial fraud hits 7.5 percent of U.S. adults
CNET News, CA, Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009
About 7.5 percent of U.S. adults lost money as a result of financial fraud last year, mostly due to data breaches, according to a new Gartner study to be released on Tuesday night.
NYPD may be victim of identity theft
United Press International, DC, Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2009
A civilian employee of the department's pension fund is accused of stealing eight tapes containing the Social Security numbers and direct-deposit information for 80,000 current and retired cops, the New York Post reports.
ID Theft Threat Grows With 1M Already Hit in '09
InternetNews, CT, Posted: Monday, March 02, 2009
A new report shows identify theft is off to a rapid start this year -- and the figures could be even worse than expected
FTC Report: Identity Theft Remains Consumers' No. 1 Fraud Complaint
United Business Media , NY, Posted: Friday, February 27, 2009
Number of identity theft complaints rose 20 percent from 2007 to 2008
Employers offering ID theft protection as voluntary benefit
Business Insurance, IL, Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Identity theft cannot be prevented, so it's best to work quickly to minimize the damage, experts say. While some service providers check an employee's credit status and monitor it over time for suspicious activity, others begin providing assistance when the employee suspects trouble.
Visa confirms another payment processor breach
SC Magazine, NY, Posted: Monday, February 23, 2009
Another payment processor has fallen victim to hackers, Visa confirmed on Monday.
SBA issues warning about stimulus scam
Bizjournals.com, NC, Posted: Monday, February 23, 2009
The U.S. Small Business Administration is warning business owners about a scam.
Identity-theft scammers pretend to be IRS
Philadelphia Inguirer, PA, Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009
The phony e-mail arrives, pretending to be from "Internal Revenue Service," with a subject line such as "please see the attachment."
Medical ID theft endangers health, not just credit
SunSentinel.com, FL, Posted: Monday, February 16, 2009
Growing problem of medical identity theft can endanger your finances — and your life
Identity Theft: It's Out of Your Hands
PC Magazine, NY, Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2009
According to Gartner, 15 million identities per year are stolen, a new victim once every 2 seconds. Given 15 million a year, in ten years every U.S. citizen who uses the Net will have had his or her identity stolen.
More than 150 banks affected by Heartland data breach thus far
Computerworld, MA, Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2009
The number of financial institutions that have said they were affected by the data breach disclosed last month by Heartland Payment Systems Inc. is growing longer by the day and now includes banks in 40 states as well as Canada, Bermuda and Guam, according to the BankInfoSecurity.com news portal.
Data Breach at FAA; Obama Reviews Government Cybersecurity Effort
Security Management, VA, Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The Federal Aviation Administration has fallen prey to hackers looking to steal personal information, just as President Barack Obama on Monday ordered a 60-day review of the government's cyber-security policies.
Identity Fraud Survey Shows ID Theft up 22%
BankInfoSecurity.com, NJ, Posted: Monday, February 09, 2009
Identity theft rose by nearly 25 percent last year in the United States, according to a new report released today. The 2009 Identity Fraud Survey Report by Javelin Strategy & Research shows that the number of identity fraud victims increased 22 percent to 9.9 million people being hit, at a total cost of $48 billion.
FBI Uncovers Worldwide $9M ATM Card Scam
FOX News, NY, Posted: Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Hackers orchestrated a highly coordinated, global attack on ATM cards involving the theft of a staggering $9 million from bank customers — and they could strike again, according to an investigation by FOX 5 TV in New York.
Down economy means more cyber-scams
KXAN-TV, TX, Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Internet-based schemes centered on stealing personal data and financial scams are on the rise, thanks to thieves looking to take advantage of the fear and confusion surrounding the current tough economic times.
Data losses proving more costly for businesses
NetworkWorld.com, MA, Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009
Data breaches are costing companies more than ever as consumers shun those that have lost information, according to a new study.
FACEBOOK ID THEFT TARGETS 'FRIENDS'
MSNBC, WA, Posted: Friday, January 30, 2009
In Rutberg's case, criminals managed to steal his Facebook login password, steal his Facebook identity, and change his page to make it appear he was in trouble. Next, the criminals sent e-mails to dozens of friends, begging them for help.
Heartland sued over data breach
CNET News, CA, Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009
Heartland executives have declined to specify how many consumers or accounts were affected. The company handles 100 million transactions per month for more than 250,000 merchants.
Facebook Fights Back
CNBC, NJ, Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009
Facebook got back to me about the IM scam I first reported yesterday. This is a new scam where Facebook "friends" instant message you on the site asking for money because they're in trouble.
$20 Million Settlement Reached for Veterans in ID Theft Suit
New York Times, NY, Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The Veterans Affairs Department agreed Tuesday to pay a total of $20 million to veterans for exposing them to possible identity theft in 2006 by losing their personal information.
Report: HHS must lead medical identity theft fight
FierceHealthIT, DC, Posted: Monday, January 26, 2009
The consulting firm makes 31 recommendations for national policy on medical theft, including one that says government should create a public-private task force addressing medical identity theft concerns.
Millions of Credit Card Numbers Nabbed in Payment System Breach
Switched.com, VA. Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2009
St. Louis-based Heartland Payment announced yesterday that hackers gained access to the machines it uses to process roughly 100 million credit card transactions every month.
Tax tip: Ten things the IRS wants you to know about identity theft
MSNBC, WA, Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2009
To help fight of concerns taxpayers may have about having their identity stolen, the IRS has provided these safety tips.
FBI investigating U of R identity theft
MSNBC, WA, Posted: Friday, January 16, 2009
Personal information for 450 current and former U of R students was stolen from a university database. Their names and social security numbers were accessed and copied illegally to an off-campus computer.
New Data Breach, Privacy Bills in Congress
InternetNews.com, CT, Posted: Monday, January 12, 2009
Bill S.139 would require federal agencies or businesses to notify both the media and victims whose personal data has been breached without unreasonable delay, although limited exemptions are allowed for law enforcement and national security reasons.
Identity theft on the rise, police say
The Southern, IL, Posted: Monday, January 12, 2009
A name, birth date, Social Security number or other identifying information is all a thief needs to become someone else just long enough to ruin good credit scores and break the bank.
Why Technology Won't Prevent Identity Theft
Wall Street Journal, NY, Posted: Friday, January 09, 2009
This is why identity theft is such a big problem today. So much authentication happens online, with only a small amount of information: user ID, password, birth date, Social Security number, and so on. Anyone who gets that information can impersonate you to a computer, which doesn't know any better.
Data Breaches Up Almost 50 Percent, Affecting Records of 35.7 Million People
Washington Post, NY, Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Businesses, governments and educational institutions reported nearly 50 percent more data breaches last year than in 2007, exposing the personal records of at least 35.7 million Americans, according to a nonprofit group that works to prevent identity fraud.
mocoNews.net - Twitter Warns Users About Phishing Scam
Washington Post, NY, Posted: Monday, January 05, 2009
This weekend, Twitter admitted that it is the most recent target of a phishing scam, and warned users to be wary of messages that redirect them to a look-alike sites and ask them to login using their username and password.
Identity theft accelerated in 2008, and experts fear it will worsen in '09
SunSentinel.com, FL, Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Identity theft became the fastest-growing crime in the United States in 2008, affecting more than 10 million Americans, according to the Federal Trade Commission, the agency that enforces ID theft laws.
IRS: Identity Theft Capturing Taxpayers
MSNBC, WA, Posted: Friday, December 26, 2008
The IRS said identity theft is becoming a big problem for taxpayers. So much so that two months ago, it set up a specialized unit just to deal with identity theft.
Former Cedars-Sinai employee held in identity theft, fraud
Los Angeles Times, CA, Posted: Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Man is accused of taking the records of more than 1,000 patients and filing workers' compensation claims through a fictitious lab.
Dozens busted in Charlotte ID theft scheme
MSNBC, WA, Posted: Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Investigators say more than 40 people were involved in an organized identity theft ring in Charlotte.
FTC: Reduce data theft by regulating Social Security numbers
SC Magazine, NY, Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008
One of the best ways to limit ID theft? Cut down on using Social Security numbers (SSNs) to authenticate users.
What's Hot! ITRC's Identity Theft Predictions for 2009
MarketWatch, WA, Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Every year the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) shares its thoughts for the upcoming year. The following items are ITRC's predictions for 2009:
Prepare Now for New 'Red Flag' Credit Rules
TechNewsWorld, CA, Posted: Monday, December 15, 2008
New identity theft regulations for creditors -- which can include technology retailers, Internet service providers and telecommunications equipment/service companies, among others -- come into effect on May 1, 2009.
The Rise of Black Market Data
Newsweek, NY, Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2008
Criminals who steal personal data often don't exploit it. Instead, they put it up for sale on one of the many vibrant online markets.
Officials arrest 23 in Las Vegas ID theft scheme
Huffington Post, IL, Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
State and federal authorities said Tuesday they arrested nearly two dozen people, many with ties to Eastern Europe, in a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme that cost Las Vegas businesses and consumers about $1.5 million.
Chattanooga: Consumers warned holiday open door for identity theft
TMCnet, CT, Posted: Monday, December 08, 2008
While shoppers are busy taking advantage of holiday sales, identity thieves are finding bounty of their own.
IRS warns of e-mail scam seeking personal information
Southeast Missourian, MO, Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2008
The Internal Revenue Service is warning the public about an identity theft e-mail scam.
Social Engineering, Cybercrime Will Be Challenges in 2009, Predicts Identity Theft Assistance Center
MarketWatch, WA, Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2008
"Thanks to technology, national borders don't stop the criminals but too often borders slow down or stop law enforcement agencies from finding and prosecuting the criminals who commit identity crime," said ITAC President Anne Wallace. Damages due to cybercrime account for approximately $100 billion annually and are expected to increase.
Identity Theft: Organizations Putting Private Information at Risk
MarketWatch, WA, Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Identity theft continues to plague Americans at an estimated cost of over $50 billion annually. While lawmakers and businesses seek to implement safeguards and to better inform the public, one significant threat remains largely unaddressed: the data stored on hard drives inside of digital copiers.
Theft of children's identities often goes unnoticed for years
Sun Sentinel, FL, Posted: Monday, December 01, 2008
The Federal Trade Commission estimates about 500,000 identity theft incidents annually involve children under age 19, with the majority of the thefts occurring between birth and age 5.
Visalia PD Dealing with Identity Theft Daily
ABC 30, CA, Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2008
South Valley authorities have seen a rise in identity theft. Officers say one suspect stole hundreds of identities. Bogus checks worth thousands of dollars is part of the evidence Visalia police have collected in one of their latest identity theft cases.
INTERNET LAW - Identity Theft from Wireless Networks
IBLS, CA, Posted: Monday, November 24, 2008
Experts have further warned that cyber-criminals will continue to find unique ways to steal personal information, and that the current laws do not carry particularly significant penalties to promote adequate deterrence.
Cover Story: Protecting kids from identity theft
CBS 42, TX, Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2008
Children are prime targets for identity thieves. In many cases, the theft isn't discovered for years, until the child is grown, and starts to use their credit, only to discover it's already ruined.
Identity Thief Targets Wealthy Americans, Gets Prison
Bloomberg, NY, Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2008
A 25-year-old Russian who mined Forbes Magazine's annual listing of the 400 wealthiest Americans for identity-theft victims was sentenced in New York state court to as long as 10 1/2 years behind bars.
Sherman woman falls victim to identity theft
KXII-TV, TX, Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Before you pay for those holiday purchases with credit or debit cards, watch out. Identity thieves have yet another way to steal your personal information.
Ivy League Graduate Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Elaborate ID Theft Scheme
FOX News, NY, Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008
An Ivy League graduate has been ordered by a federal judge in Philadelphia to serve four years in prison in a $100,000 identity-theft scheme.
Police crack DFW military identity theft ring
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX, Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2008
Authorities have broken an identification theft ring that took almost $2 million using information from 8,000 sailors and reservists at two Texas military bases, police said Thursday.
Health care attorney: ID theft can be a killer
The Journal Record, OK, Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Former general counsel for the Oklahoma State Medical Association, Loomis said the dangers from this kind of ID theft range from financial, for both providers and patients, to potentially deadly treatment glitches.
ITRC: Is Shopping On-Line Safe? It All Depends on You!
MarketWatch, WA, Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The Identity Theft Resource Center has some safety tips that it recommends all consumers follow when ordering gifts over the Internet or by mail.
Five-member identity-theft ring indicted
The Denver Post, CO, Posted: Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Five members of an identity theft ring that operated in the Denver metro area have been charged in a 65-count grand jury indictment, authorities say.
Preventing identity theft is everybody's job
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MO, Posted: Monday, November 03, 2008
Fraud committed by acquaintances is the most common form of identity theft. About 15 million people were ID theft victims last year, according to Gartner Research.
Police Break Up Identity Theft Ring
NewsChannel5.com, TN, Posted: Monday, November 03, 2008
The scam could cost you and your bank thousands of dollars.
Credit Crunch and Holiday Shopping Season Increase Risk of Identity Theft
MarketWatch, WA, Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This year, the combination of financial and holiday pressures may increase the threat of identity theft, and the biggest risk is someone opening credit cards in your name.
BBB says it's the victim of identity theft
STLtoday.com, MO, Posted: Monday, October 27, 2008
The Better Business Bureau, which sees thousands of consumer complaints of identity theft, warned today that scamsters now are impersonating the BBB in e-mail messages and blog postings.
FTC's identity theft rules get a new deadline
FierceHealthcare, Washington, Posted: Monday, October 27, 2008
The FTC has announced that the deadline is now May 1, 2009, as opposed to the previous deadline of November 1 of this year.
Credit Card Companies Accomplices in Millions of Identity Theft Cases Alleges Eric Drew
MarketWatch, WA, Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008
Every year millions of Americans are the victims of identity theft, and in a lawsuit filed against major credit card companies, identity theft victim Eric Drew claims that the credit industry is facilitating the crimes.
Can ID theft laws be used vs. immigrants?
Chicago Tribune, IL, Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The Supreme Court will decide whether the government can use new laws against identity theft to send illegal immigrants to prison or force them to leave the country.
New federal rules take effect Nov. 1 on identity theft
Kansas City Star, MO, Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sweeping new federal rules aimed at curbing identity theft take effect next month, but many businesses have no idea they need to comply.
College student swindler sentenced to 5 years
The Seattle Times, WA, Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008
A jet-setting college beauty who, teamed with her Ivy League boyfriend, swindled more than $100,000 from friends and neighbors through a complex identity theft scheme was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.
New Data Privacy Laws Set For Firms
The Wall Street Journal, NV, Posted: Friday, October 17, 2008
But a Nevada law that took effect this month requires all businesses there to encrypt personally-identifiable customer data, including names and credit-card numbers, that are transmitted electronically.
Arrests Made in Identity Theft Investigation
Florida Department Of Law Enforcement, FL, Posted: Friday, October 17, 2008
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Howey-in-the-Hills and Leesburg Police Departments announce the arrest of two individuals in conjunction with an ongoing identity theft investigation.
Identity theft: What you should know
Walker County Messenger, GA. Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Like the rest of the nation, identity theft is on the rise in Walker County.
When Identity Theft Strikes You
whiznews.com, OH, Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Identity theft is a crime that could be affecting you right now was the message given to those who attended "When Identity Theft Strikes You" seminar.
ID theft reaches new levels
GlobeGazette.com, IA, Posted: Monday, October 13, 2008
More than 27,000 people per day are victims of identity theft in the United States, according to national studies by Gartner Research...
Identity Theft Advice from the Experts
identitytheftdaily.com, CA, Posted: Thursday, October 09, 2008
With all the data breaches being reported, you may be one of more than 30 million plus people this year to...
Raising Awareness of Medical Identity Theft
DOTmed.com, IL, Posted: Thursday, October 09, 2008
Gaps in the HIPAA privacy rule may not extend to medical identity theft protection. Therefore, consumers must take precautions to safeguard and monitor their health information in order to protect themselves...
Woman Describes Her Real-Life Identity Theft Nightmare
wftv.com, FL, Posted: Thursday, October 09, 2008
(Includes Video) ...she had little choice but to wait for months in jail for the first of four trials on forgery and grand theft charges. Her name started showing up on bogus checks after her purse was stolen two years ago. She wishes she had filed a police report immediately...
Identity theft: Your trash, their treasure
TODAYshow.com, NBC, NY Posted: Monday, October 06, 2008
(Includes Video) What thieves can find in your garbage and how to protect yourself...
The Truth About Identity Theft: Truth 27 -- ATM Scams
informIT.com, IN Posted: Monday, October 06, 2008
Can someone build a fake ATM to steal your card and pin? The author did. Learn how he constructed a fake ATM and how to protect yourself.
ID Theft Ring Member Sentenced
fox5vegas.com, NV Posted: Monday, October 06, 2008
One of 24 people charged in 2006 with using false identification cards, counterfeit credit cards and counterfeit checks to purchase merchandise from retail stores and sell it on Internet auction Web sites, such as eBay, was sentenced Thursday.
Identity Fraud, Part 1: A $45 Billion Snowball
TechNewsWorld, CA Posted Wednesday, October 01, 2008
In 2007, the misuse of lost and stolen identity information cost $45 billion, an average of $5,574 per incident, according to Javelin Strategy's 2008 Identity Fraud Survey Report.
On guard - Protect oneself against identity theft
candgnews.com, MI Posted Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Somewhere, a stranger is hiding around the corner, watching the mail carrier, waiting for him to drop off crucial financial statements to another victim’s home.
Savvy Consumer: New ID-theft protections coming Nov. 1
Star-Telegram.com, TX Posted Friday, September 26, 2008
By Nov. 1, companies that have consumer accounts containing personal information must have written "Identity Theft Prevention Programs" that flag ID theft, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Police Learn Tools To Prevent ID Theft
NewsChannel5.com, TN Posted Friday, September 26, 2008
(Includes Video) Hundreds of police officers from across the state met to discuss identity theft, one the nation's fastest-growing crimes.
FTC Warns Consumers About Charity, Home Repair, and Identity Theft Scams In Connection with Hurricane Ike
MarketWatch, Washington Posted Friday, September 26, 2008
Scam artists might take advantage of this situation by creating bogus fundraising and home repair operations or engaging in identity fraud.
Kids can be easy prey for identity thieves
Forbes.com, AP, NY Posted Friday, September 26, 2008
...Among the people Linda Foley is currently working to help are a 3-year-old whose Social Security number is being used by someone for work purposes.
Cable Customers Targeted in Email ID Theft Scam
cbs8.com, San Diego, CA Posted: Monday, September 22, 2008
(Includes Video) At first, it looks like an actual email notice from your cable company. But consumer experts warn that responding to this message could cost you your entire bank account.
Shredding to keep your identity safe
2NEWS.tv, Boise, ID Posted Monday, September 22, 2008
(Includes Video) Dixon said, “When you consider every two seconds someone becomes a victim of identity theft, shredding outdated personal information is a major step in stopping the crime.”...
Drive-through worker stole customer's debit card number
Eagle-Tribune, NH Posted: Friday, September 19, 2008
...a warning for anyone who hands a debit card to someone behind the counter of a business: "Watch their every move.''
Microsoft Seeks End To Identity Theft
InformationWeek, CA Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008
Microsoft is calling for the adoption of an Information Card system that provides end users with direct control of their digital identities.
Couple still fighting identity theft
Knoxnews.com, TN Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008
the federal tax agency has sent the couple a bill for $2,748 in back income taxes from 2006 that actually are owed by identity thieves ... "I cried all night. I can't do this again," she said, after spending much of the past year untangling the snarl of red tape tied to their names.
Dead people's identities stolen to cover up wrongdoing
San Francisco Chronicle, CA Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008
Several of the defendants have been convicted of stealing dead people's identities to cover up their status as illegal immigrants, military deserters or convicted drunken drivers, federal officials said.
House Passes Identity Theft & Restitution Act
darkreading.com Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008
After years of trying, it appears that Congress is close to finally passing a bill that would update and strengthen laws surrounding data and identity theft.
Voter registration could offer ID thieves opportunity
Midland Reporter Telegram, TX Posted: Monday, September 15, 2008
Your Better Business Bureau is warning Americans to be cautious with their personal information this election season to avoid phony voter registration drives designed to steal their identities.
Identity thieves: Thanks for the bypass
Computerworld, MA Posted Monday, September 15, 2008
The latest twist in identity fraud involves stealing your identity in order to use your health insurance.
Feds bust 5 in Phila. on ID-theft charges
Philadelphia Daily News Posted: Monday, September 08, 2008
For three years, Davis called elderly folks and claimed to be a representative of a bank or credit-card company who needed to straighten out an account problem.
What I learned when thieves stole my identity
SunSentinal.com Posted: Monday, September 08, 2008
I've spent hours on the phone talking to fraud investigators, credit bureaus and bank staff as I've tried to sort out the mess that is now mine to clean up. I was exhausted every time a call ended.
Identity theft scam tough to spot, but caution always pays
Oregon Business News Posted: Monday, September 08, 2008
Identity thieves attempt to wangle information out of unsuspecting consumers through e-mail, phone calls, the U.S. Postal Service and now cell-phone text messages.
2 men sentenced in identity theft case
Triangle Business Journal Posted: Friday, September 05, 2008
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the Kehinde brothers were using a vacant house in Raleigh as a mail drop. Federal investigators found numerous pieces of mail, including credit card statements, being sent to the house.
Immigration-fraud ring built on fake Ohio ID cards
The Columbus Dispatch Posted: Friday, September 05, 2008
An employee at the privately run registrar's office, which contracts with the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles, processed more than 325 fraudulent applications, said Pat Hogeboom, an assistant U.S. attorney in Roanoke, Va.
Will new rules stem identity theft?
MSN Money / Bankrate.com Posted: Friday, September 05, 2008
Five years in the pipeline, 'red-flag' guidelines require financial institutions to watch for fraud. Small businesses with few resources do not welcome the 'burdensome' procedures.
Deal Reached In Immigrant ID Case
Daily News Record, VA Posted: Friday, September 05, 2008
A former Cargill employee accused of leading three illegal immigrants to Ohio to obtain fraudulent identification so they could get jobs at the Cargill plant in Dayton pleaded guilty...
ID theft grows in Holts Summit
News Tribune Posted: Friday, September 05, 2008
Police Chief Victor Pitman said his department has been inundated with cases involving various levels of identity theft, including fraudulent use of a credit device, that could have been prevented.
Mortgage fraud still soaring
CNNMoney.com Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2008 2:43:12 PM
Cases of identity theft accounted for 6% of all mortgage fraud in Illinois, for example.
Daughter of Victim Blames Nursing Home for Identity Theft
My Fox Atlanta, GA Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008 8:51:47 AM
The daughter of one victim in a nursing home identity theft scam said the home itself deserves some of the blame.
Woman gets jail time for $100K identity theft case
The Milford Daily News, MA Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2008 8:30:59 AM
Calling it the "most outrageous, untenable cases" to ever cross his desk, Worcester Superior Court Judge John S. McCann yesterday sentenced a former Milford woman to five to seven years in prison for her role in an elaborate identify theft case.
Kentucky sheriff picks up wrong fugitive in California
WVLT-TV Knoxville, TN Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 8:37:43 AM
A Kentucky sheriff drove 4,100 miles to California to pick up a fugitive... But as it turns out, the man wanted in Kentucky had stolen Oros' identity...
College students should take care to protect their information
The Dallas Morning News TX Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 9:05:42 AM
They have such busy schedules that they may unknowingly expose themselves to identity theft and fraud, particularly when they're making online purchases or engaging in social-networking Web sites.
GBI unit takes aim at identity thieves
Gainesville Times, GA Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 8:58:47 AM
"It’s kind of like a bottomless pit," said Office of Consumer Affairs spokesman Bill Cloud. "The numbers, the types, the sophistication....
Protecting Child's ID from Theft
WHSV.com, Richmond, VA Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008 8:19:55 AM
...“Thieves have learned that a child’s information holds an intrinsic value because the likelihood of being exposed, as the thief, is greatly reduced.”
How to make identity theft worse
stltoday.com/The Wall Street Journal Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008 8:17:43 AM
It is an example of an unexpected consequence of the government's crackdown on undocumented workers: a surge in identity theft.
Immigration and identity theft debate lands in courts
Quad City Times - Davenport, IA Posted: Monday, August 04, 2008 4:04:39 PM
Gurrola’s wallet was stolen, and he had to replace his driver’s license, his Social Security card, cash and cell phone. Mendoza-Gonzalez was sentenced to 2½
Patients Who Assume Someone Else's Identity to Obtain Treatment
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. - Washington, DC Posted: Monday, August 04, 2008 3:52:50 PM
Much of the patient information is stolen by rogue employees at hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other medical offices. In some cases, fraud rings place ...
Bank Of American Lets Identity Thief Withdraw $40000 In A Single Day
The Consumerist - New York, NY, USA Posted: Monday, July 28, 2008 8:13:50 AM
Apparently BestBuy’s register system pops up an alert code if there is somebody trying to use a card that has been reported lost or stolen, and they call ...
Identity-theft victim to testify in Washington D.C.
knoxnews.com, TN Posted Thursday, July 24, 2008 10:51:12 AM
...identities were stolen by two illegal immigrants who used their names and Social Security numbers to get jobs and medical care...
Lake Forest man stole ID to get $960,000 home loan
Orange County Register, CA Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:34:31 AM
A Lake Forest man who used a stolen identity to obtain a nearly $1 million mortgage loan to purchase a home will serve more than five years in prison...
Immigrant Rights Groups Challenge ID Theft Arrests
NPR.org Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:30:33 AM
...in recent years, the Bush administration has started bringing criminal charges against immigrants who use fake documents, including stolen Social Security numbers.
Many things can lead to ID theft
pottsmerc.com, PA Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 1:42:15 PM
Identity theft is not just about hijacked credit-card numbers - information can be stolen from a driver's license, Social Security card or medical records.
Ex-teller pleads guilty to ID theft
thereporteronline.com, PA Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 9:17:40 AM
former teller at the Lafayette Hill branch of the Wachovia Bank has admitted his involvement in an identity theft ring that stole $43,000 from bank customers accounts.
Doctor's office employee charged with identity theft
Louisville,Ky. (WHAS11) Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 9:13:25 AM
...facing charges of ID theft after allegedly stealing patient’s social security numbers at the doctor’s office where she worked.
IRS urged to improve protection against identity theft
Southwest Daily News, LA Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 8:51:37 AM
Identity theft protection at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should be improved, according to a report from the Office of the National Taxpayer Advocate.
Marine Sentenced for ID Theft of Peers
KGMB9.com, Hawaii Posted Monday, July 21, 2008 8:52:38 AM
A Kaneohe Marine who admitted to using the personal information of five fellow Marines to apply for credit cards in their names and putting almost $1,000 in charges on one of those cards was sentenced to five years in prison...
Having one's identity stolen is scary prospect
MyWestTexas.com, Midland, TX Posted Monday, July 21, 2008 8:46:18 AM
Victims universally complain that it sometimes takes months and years to straighten out the financial mess created by identity thieves. It can make your life miserable.
Scammers Use e-Mail, Fax to Pose as IRS
Media Newswire - New York, NY Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 8:16:52 AM
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service cautions taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new wave of scams using the IRS name in identity theft e-mails,
ID Stolen; Man Behind Bars Says He is Innocent
First Coast News - Jacksonville, FL Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008 9:32:58 AM
The family collected its own evidence to prove Ricci's identity was stolen. They say work records from Social Security are wrong.
Man accused of using stolen ID for nine years
Chicago Daily Herald - Chicago, IL Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008 9:22:48 AM
By Gene Haschak | Daily Herald Staff A Woodstock man was arrested Wednesday in Carpentersville and accused of using another man's identity for nearly nine ...
Identity Theft Involving ATMs On Rise
KMBC.com - Kansas City, MO Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008 8:53:21 AM
Experts said identity theft involving ATMs is on the rise. A new study found that there is a higher rate of identity theft involving ATMs in convenience ...
Action News Extra: Kids At Risk For ID Theft Too
Pittsburgh Channel.com - Pittsburgh, PA Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008 8:48:27 AM
Many of us also know to shred our bills so our account numbers aren't stolen, and most of us consider ourselves pretty safe. But federal investigators say
Identity thieves skim credit info at gas pumps
Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia, PA Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 8:08:01 AM
The stolen debit card information was then used to withdraw money directly from back accounts. The withdrawals were made at automated teller machines at ...
Tax-related identity theft rose 644%, IRS official says
New York Daily News - New York, NY Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 8:04:51 AM
She said her office handled 644 percent more cases in fiscal 2007 than in fiscal 2004 as crooks used stolen Social Security numbers to seek fraudulent ...
Fraudulent satellite TV man sentenced on identity-theft charge
Joplin Globe - Joplin, MO Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 8:37:21 AM
At a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin, Circuit Judge Gayle Crane sentenced Jose N. Velasquez, 37, to two years in prison for identity theft ...
Mississippi couple arrested for identity theft and forgery
Slidell Sentry News - Slidell, LA Posted: Monday, July 07, 2008 8:20:56 AM
Anthony Smith was charged with nine counts of being a principal to theft, nine counts of being a principal to identity theft,
Facebook Games Could Lead To Identity Theft
WBAL TV - Baltimore, MD Posted: Monday, July 07, 2008 8:18:03 AM
It's also the key to identity thieves," Sieglein said. "Identity theft for minors is a real problem, because typically as parents, we wouldn't be checking ...
Stolen data live on in Google
San Francisco Chronicle - CA, Posted: Monday, July 07, 2008 8:05:08 AM
Finjan reported the stolen data to a variety of authorities, but one of them, the FBI, said it wasn't concerned with the cache - only the evidence on the ...
Florida DCF Worker Charged With Identity Theft
NBC6.net - Miami, FL Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2008 8:12:26 AM
Shorter faces four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card among other charges, including identity theft and grand theft.
Auto repairman gets 10 years for identity theft, fraud
Daily Press - Newport News, VA, USA Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 8:12:49 AM
Between August 2006 and April 2007, he used his businesses to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the US Attorney's Office.
Consumer Smarts: Medical ID theft is a big pain, too
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 11:19:10 AM
It's a form of identity theft that doesn't happen as often as cases involving stolen credit cards or forged checks, but medical identity theft can be ...
Protect yourself from identity theft on vacation
MarketWatch Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008 8:21:15 AM
Identity theft can happen anywhere, but when you're far from home, you can be particularly vulnerable to someone stealing your information.
Over 400 People Charged in US Mortgage Fraud Schemes
Voice of America - USA Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008 8:14:17 AM
"They will then flip [sell the house] that to a second stolen identity for 200000[dollars], and flip it to a third stolen identity and sell it for 300000.
List of affected customers growing after reports of fraudulent withdrawals
WSBT 22 Local News Leader, South Bend, IN Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2008 8:29:17 AM
Local police and FBI agents are investigating after hundreds across the area reported money missing from their bank accounts over the weekend.
Identity theft scam targets senior citizens
Tuscaloosa News - Tuscaloosa, AL, USA Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 8:11:45 AM
... cause great harm by using your personal information to steal your identity,' Attorney General Troy King said in a news release warning about the scam.
Cops seek man who stole kin's identity
New Brunswick Home News Tribune - New Brunswick, NJ, USA Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 8:07:13 AM
On May 8, 2006, police were sent to Open Road Honda to investigate a case of identity theft. The dealership manager told police that Wilcher used false ...
Identity theft county's top property crime
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Santa Rosa, CA, USA Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 8:03:09 AM
Some are international, making following the trail of a stolen identity, even through electronic purchases, difficult, Lawrence said.
Most ID theft still occurs the old-fashioned way
GCN.com - Washington, DC, USA Posted: Monday, June 16, 2008 8:12:50 AM
On the other side of the equation, using a stolen identity to illegally access an online bank account appears to be a growth area.
Suspect jailed in identity theft case
Mail Tribune - Posted: Friday, June 13, 2008 8:48:15 AM
By Chris Conrad A 36-year-old Medford woman allegedly responsible for at least 28 identity thefts worth several thousand dollars was arrested Wednesday.
Coloradan Makes Federal Case Out Of ID Theft
cbs4denver.com - Denver, CO, USA Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2008 8:14:20 AM
Chrysler found out he was a victim of identity theft in December 2006 when he went to apply for a loan. He had four collections on his credit report for
Dealing with ID theft can be expensive, emotionally draining and ...
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh, PA, USA Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 8:14:20 AM
In worst case scenarios, victims of identity theft could end up flat broke or even languishing in jail for crimes they didn't commit.
Sheriff: Biggest identity theft bust I've ever seen; Lindale man ...
KETK - Longview,TX,USA Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2008 3:35:06 PM
By Tamara Jolee and Lacy Ledford TYLER - Smith County Sheriff JB Smith says it's the biggest identity theft bust he's seen in his 32 years as sheriff.
Identity theft suspect racked up $787000 in debt
AZ Central.com - AZ,USA - Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2008 7:43:43 AM
4, 2008 11:43 AM Police arrested a Mesa man Tuesday on suspicion of identity theft after he tried to buy a $33000 truck using somebody else's Social ...
FBI agent cites nonfinancial threat of identify theft
Staten Island Advance - SILive.com - Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2008 7:43:43 AM
"Anytime someone uses a stolen identity to get other identities made -- a driver's license, a passport, a visa or, perhaps, a green card," the ramifications ...
ITRC's 5th Annual Aftermath Study Released: An Analysis of ...
Earthtimes (press release) - Posted: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 8:22:43 AM
The Identity Theft Resource Center(R) (ITRC) today released an important report discussing the impact of identity theft victimization. Since 2003, the Identity Theft Resource Center has conducted annual victimization surveys to ...
Kingsport woman faces 55 indictments on theft, identity theft ...
Kingsport Times News - Posted: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 8:22:43 AM
A Kingsport woman was indicted Tuesday by a Sullivan grand jury on 19 counts of theft $500 or less and 18 counts each of forgery and identity theft . The indictments allege Natasha Newberry, 24, stole her mother's checkbook and used it across town.
Medical ID theft can injure finances, endanger lives
Dallas Morning News - Dallas,TX,USA Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 3:29:21 PM
But there's another kind of identity theft that not only can ruin your financial health but also endanger your life: medical identity theft.
Man pleads guilty in ID theft that fueled lavish life
Seattle Times - United States Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 2:44:49 PM
As his grim-faced parents looked on, Edward K. Anderton, 25, of Everett, Wash., admitted to federal identity theft charges that carry a likely five-year sentence.
Don't make your vacation a holiday for thieves
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 2:58:04 PM
This is prime time for stealing and with the rise of identity theft crimes, there’s no reason to think they won’t be lurking somewhere close to you.
Identity theft is ultimate target of tax-related scammers
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 3:04:04 PM
All these people are trying to steal your identity .” Another scam that emerged this tax season was related to the economic stimulus payments.