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USA Today , November 3, 2016

IRS says 2016 crackdown helped slow identity theft, tax refund fraud


By Kevin McCoy


Commissioner John Koskinen told a senate panel that the IRS continues to battle a gowing problem of stolen identity refund fraud. He outlined who the perpetrators are, and how they try to impersonate taxpayers. ...read full article
wral.com , November 2, 2016

With medical identity theft on the rise, follow these tips to stay safe


By Monica Laliberte


Although many people are more aware than ever about how to protect themselves from identity theft, experts say a specific type of theft is on the rise. ...read full article
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." ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read full article
usnews.com , 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read full article
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