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Forbes , October 4, 2016

Why Social Websites Say They Can't Protect You From Identity Theft And What To Do About It

By Kerri Zane

"Catfishers frequently use photographs of real people to lure in their unsuspecting victims. While these people have not received as much attention as the end-game victims, stealing someone's photos can cause just as much emotional, financial and physical harm." full article
July 11, 2016

Identity Theft Increases Massively

By Nelly Vladimirova

A while ago, the leading group in fraud protection Cifas, released its report on the fraud landscape for 2016 and the numbers are devastating. One of the most important things that anyone working with classified data should know is that if someone can get all the little pieces of the picture, most probably they'll have the whole picture. However, the big problem here, is that many users are learning this lesson the hard way. full article
July 11, 2016

Are Airbnb hosts in greater danger of identity theft?

By Hugo Martin

If you rent out your home or apartment through an online rental site like Airbnb, you could be a greater risk of being a victim of identity theft. That is the warning from the identity monitoring firm LifeLock, which conducted a survey of about 1,000 American adults and found that 41% said they have snooped through the private items of homes they have visited or rented. full article
Journal of Accountancy , April 21, 2016

Half of Americans expect to lose money to identity theft

By Courtney L. Vien

"There are basic steps people can take right now, before identity theft causes a financial nightmare. Securing your personal information and only providing your Social Security number when it is absolutely necessary are easy steps to take," Gregory Anton, CPA, CGMA, chair of the AICPA's National CPA Financial Literacy Commission, said in a news release. full article
ABC News , April 7, 2016

Miami Couple Charged With $2 Million Identity Theft Fraud

By Julia Jacobo

A Miami couple has been charged in a $2 million credit card fraud and identity theft scheme -- mainly targeting seniors -- which they allegedly used to go on designer shopping sprees and luxury vacations, the Manhattan District Attorney's office announced Tuesday. full article , March 24, 2016

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Tax-Time Identity Theft

By Maryalene LaPonsie

"Heightened awareness is necessary because all your information is on the move," says Ken Chaplin, senior vice president for TransUnion. "It's being sent to accountants, to tax preparers, to the IRS." Keeping financial information as well as identities safe, and what to do if found victim of identity theft during tax season. full article
January 27, 2016

Florida #1 in nation for identity theft

By Jessie Box

For the past five years, Florida has been ranked number one in the nation for the most filed complaints regarding identity theft, according to Cathy Costley, identity theft victim specialist for the Florida Attorney General's Office. full article
January 27, 2016

How tax prep companies are fighting identity theft this year

By Lisa Eadicicco

With the 2016 tax season officially open, taxpayers are just beginning to think about getting their finances organized in time for the April 18 filing deadline. But at the same time, identity thieves are likely plotting ways to game the system by filing fraudulent returns. full article
January 27, 2016

How your employer may be exposing you to identity theft

By Beth Braverman

No matter how careful you are with your passwords and personal data, you could still be the victim of identity theft if your company doesn't take similar precautions. full article
November 6, 2015

2 arrested in Oakhurst during identity theft investigation

By Troy Pope

Two Oakhurst residents were arrested Tuesday during an investigation into a string of burglaries, identity theft and fraud, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said. full article
November 5, 2015

Child Identity Theft: Your Child Could Be Next

By Isabella Moller

It's becoming more common for hackers to take this personal information and use it as their own. And now they've schemed something else, taking your child's identity. full article
November 5, 2015

Cab driver accused of identity theft enters guilty plea

By Jason Knowles

A cab driver accused of stealing passenger debit and credit cards has entered a guilty plea. The ABC7 I-Team exposed the driver and the elaborate scheme a year ago. That cab driver in question faced several counts of felony identity theft. full article
October 27, 2015

Thomson Reuters Releases Guide to Helping Tax Identity Theft Victims

By Michael Cohn

Thomson Reuters has published a guide for tax professionals whose clients have been victimized by tax-related identity theft. PPC's Guide to Tax-Related Identity Theft covers various aspects of identity theft, from verification to monitoring and alerting the appropriate agencies and authorities, to help tax practitioners act on behalf of clients. full article
October 22, 2015

Waynesboro Man Charged with Identity Theft from Family Member

By NBC29 News

Waynesboro Police Department News Release: The Waynesboro Police Department has charged a Waynesboro man with several felonies after an unauthorized summer spending spree with a relative's credit card. full article
October 22, 2015

IRS will share tax-filing info to fight identity theft

By Kay Bell

One security move is ensuring that federal and state tax agencies, along with the tax industry that helps millions of individuals file their returns each year, have all the information they need to fight identity thieves. full article
September 29, 2015

GOP lawmaker backs bill to combat identity theft

By Cory Bennett

A House Republican wants to reduce identity theft by keeping Social Security numbers off many federal tax forms. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) has introduced the Taxpayer Identity Protection Act, which would let companies use an alternative to the Social Security number on the W-2 tax form, issued to every employee earning at least $600 a year. full article
September 29, 2015

How to keep scammers from pulling an ID theft double whammy

By Adam Levin

When it comes to data security and the real-life impact of identity theft, public awareness is at an all-time high. But there is still great confusion and ignorance about what it is, how it happens, and what can be done to avoid the pitfalls of life after a data breach or personal compromise. full article
September 29, 2015

Identity theft hit 7% of U.S. population last year

By Martyn Williams

Almost 18 million people were victims of identity theft in the United States last year, with the majority of crimes targeting credit cards and bank accounts, the Department of Justice said Sunday. full article
September 7, 2015

Ohio AG: Complaints of Identity Theft Top 3,500

By Sean Rowe

The state's attorney general says his office got more than 3,500 complaints of identity theft over the first three years of a special unit designed to thwart it. full article
September 7, 2015

Logan care giver guilty of aggravated identity theft

By Staff Report

A Logan County home care giver pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court this week to identity theft and agreed to serve a 24 month prison sentence and agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $56,543.93 announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. Crystal Hullett, age 38, of Russellville, pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated identity theft before U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers on Sept. 2, 2015. full article
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