CIMIP - Center for Identity Management and Information Protection

December 2012 News Archive

December 28, 2012

ID theft found at LSU hospitals

BATON ROUGE — The LSU hospital system has notified 416 patients — including some who received care at University Medical Center in Lafayette — that their checking account numbers and other personal information on checks paid to hospitals has been stolen. full article

Postal Worker Arrested For Identify Theft

County prosecutors say law enforcement officials found thousands of pieces of stolen mail in his possession

A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier accused of stealing thousands of pieces of mail to provide credit cards to friends has pleaded not guilty to several charges and is expected to return to court on Thursday, San Mateo County prosecutors said. full article

S. Ozone man admits guilt in doctor ID theft

A South Ozone Park man who was accused of stealing personal information from doctors who were applying to work at a medical facility he was planning to open pleaded guilty to charges of identity theft in court last week, according to the Queens district attorney. full article

New York woman accused in alleged Newtown charity scam

(CNN) -- Federal authorities arrested a 37-year-old Bronx woman on Thursday after she allegedly concocted a ruse in the wake of the Connecticut mass shooting and posed as a relative of one of the slain children. full article

Christmas ruined for 2,100 sex offenders booted off online games

Thousands of online gaming accounts linked to convicted sex offenders were shut down in the US this month. Operation: Game Over resulted in the closure of 2,100 accounts registered through Gaia Online, NCSOFT, Funcom, THQ and other gaming platforms. Earlier this year 3,500 accounts were deleted from Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive Media Group, Warner Brothers and Sony as part of the same clampdown. full article

10,000 Indian government and military emails hacked

State-sponsored snoopers suspected of large scale incursion

India’s government and military have suffered one of the worst cyber attacks in the nation’s history, after over 10,000 email accounts belonging to top officials were compromised, despite a warning from the country’s cyber security agency. full article

December 26, 2012

Ex-Marine sentenced in ID theft, tax fraud scheme

MIAMI -- An ex-Marine from South Florida has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for stealing the identities of more than 100 fellow Marines in a tax return fraud scheme. full article

Roscoe woman sentenced for federal mail fraud, identity theft

ROCKFORD (WREX) - A Roscoe woman will spend a total of 44 months in federal prison for mail fraud, theft of U.S. mail, and identity theft. full article

Quincy bank robbery suspect has history of fraud, ID theft

QUINCY, Mass. —He has been convicted on federal charges of identity theft and bank fraud in Oregon and Minnesota. His rap sheet dates back more than two decades. In 2007, Bank of America said in a court filing he defrauded customers in eight states to the tune of $110,000. full article

Columbus police assist in federal identity theft investigation

The Columbus Police Department recently assisted the United States Department of State and numerous other agencies with an investigation of identity theft. full article

Police suspect identity theft in Weatherford

Investigators are piecing together an identity theft case involving unauthorized use of a woman’s credit card in Weatherford, according to a news release from Sgt. Wendy Field, police spokeswoman. full article

Buford Man Discovers Identity Theft When Credit Card Statement Arrives

Man said fraudulent charges had been made on several of his accounts

A Buford man discovered he was a victim of identity theft while reviewing the monthly charges for one of his credit cards. full article

Clearwater man sentenced for identity theft

A Clearwater man has been sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and other crimes, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill. full article

Serviceman victim of identity theft

A Burlington man is facing identity theft charges for allegedly using the name of another man who is stationed oversees in the military in an attempt to avoid traffic citations. full article

December 13, 2012

White Plains cops charge 2 women with ID theft at The Westchester

WHITE PLAINS — Two New York City women were arrested on identity theft and forgery charges after police said they used a Rhode Island woman’s driver’s license to open a credit account at a store in The Westchester mall and charged $989 worth of merchandise. full article

South Bay pair sentenced for major ID theft ring

SAN DIEGO — Two people who stole more than 1,500 identities in a massive identity-theft ring based in the South Bay were each sentenced to prison Tuesday. full article

Check Scam Highlights 'Corporate Identity Theft'

Most of us have heard of "identity theft." It usually involves personal information of a consumer being stolen and used to steal money from the unwitting victim. Now there's a new form of identity theft becoming much more common: Corporate identity theft. full article

14,000 Californians at Risk Following Medi-Cal, DHCS Breach

Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid welfare program, came clean to customers this week admitting it mistakenly posted almost 14,000 of its users’ Social Security numbers online last month. full article

December 12, 2012

Anchorage Man Charged in $150K Identity Theft Scheme

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— An Anchorage man is facing 36 federal charges, including aggravated identity theft, in a case involving more than $150,000 in losses to individuals and businesses he allegedly defrauded. full article

Identity Theft Investigation: Do You Know This Man?

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) - Clovis Police are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a man wanted in connection with an identity theft case. full article

Porn trolling firm dogged by identity theft allegations

Prenda Law stonewalls on claim that it named man CEO without his permission.

Prenda Law, the ethically challenged law firm that specializes in mass pornographic copyright lawsuits, is facing growing pressure to answer questions about allegations of identity theft. Last week, we reported on a Minnesota federal court filing by Alan Cooper, a former caretaker for Prenda's John Steele. Cooper has accused Prenda of naming him as the CEO, without his knowledge or consent, of two shell companies that have been filing mass copyright lawsuits around the country. full article

December 11, 2012

Identity Theft at the Pump Spikes From Credit Card Info-Stealing "Skimmers"

Skimmers are "all over the place," according to a detective who said two suspects were arrested

"Skimmers" that steal credit and debit card information have been discovered across San Bernardino County, and hundreds of people have been victims of identity theft, authorities said Friday. full article

Woman Facing 10 Felonies in Identity Theft Case

Authorities allege Los Angeles woman erased and rewrote details on checks that didn't belong to her

A woman who allegedly stole and forged checks belonging to a Santa Monica dentist is facing 10 felony charges including identity theft and second-degree commercial burglary. full article

Scotland Neck woman arrested in identity theft case

A Scotland Neck woman is facing charges after police say she used someone else’s bank account to pay close to $20,000 in bills. full article

Identity Theft, Tax Fraud Operation Probe Nets 11 Arrests

Eleven people were arrested and eight children were taken into protective custody Thursday as Long Beach police and federal authorities served search warrants at 32 locations -- including Cerritos -- in connection with a three-year multi-agency probe into an identity theft and tax fraud ring. full article

Santa Paula woman arrested in connection with identify theft, fraud

A Santa Paula woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with identity theft and fraud, Ventura County Sheriff's officials said. full article

Atlanta man pleads guilty to bank fraud, aggravated identity theft

ATLANTA -- Sidney L. Hall, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft on Monday in Albany, Ga full article

December 10, 2012

Man charged for stealing the identity of a missing child

On Friday, a man who had been previously charged for stealing the name of a missing child was charged again for the same crime. full article

Former Anon spokesperson indicted for allegedly linking to stolen information

Barrett Brown was charged for sharing Stratfor credit card details.

On Friday, a federal grand jury in Dallas indicted Barrett Brown, a former self-proclaimed Anonymous spokesperson, for trafficking “stolen authentication features,” as well as "access device fraud" and “aggravated identity theft.” Brown has been detained since he was arrested in September for allegedly threatening a federal agent. full article

Medical Identity Theft a Growing Trend

Thieves are using stolen insurance cards to buy prescription drugs, have elective surgeries and submit false insurance claims.

Residents are urged to be sure to guard their insurance or medical ID cards against theft. full article

Queens woman held on $25K bond for ID theft, forgery

A Queens woman faces numerous identity theft and forgery charges after Darien and Stamford police connected her to a string of fraudulent ATM withdrawals at area HSBC banks in early September. full article

December 7, 2012

PayPal phishing scams ramp up for holidays

Internet users should not assume that because they're somewhat savvy that they are invulnerable, warns one security expert

CSO — 'Tis the season to be careful. That should be no surprise. Given that the online holiday shopping season is peaking, cybercriminals would be expected to ramp up their efforts as well. full article

Major £30m cyberheist pulled off using MOBILE malware

Eurograbber did just what it says on the tin

Cybercrooks swiped £30 million (€36m) from the banks accounts of 30,000 customers in Italy, Germany, Spain and Holland over the summer using an elaborate mobile banking fraud scam. full article

UK Court Orders Bank Employee to Pay Fine for Illegally Accessing Statements

Barclays employee Lara Davies, of Barrowash, Derby, has been ordered by the Derby Crown Court to pay a total of £1925 ($3,087, 2,400 EUR) – representing a fine, victim surcharge and prosecution costs – after she illegally accessed the bank statements of her partner’s ex-wife. full article

Sophisticated botnet steals more than $47M by infecting PCs and phones

Intercepts SMS messages from bank, defeating two-factor authentication.

A new version of the Zeus trojan—a longtime favorite of criminals conducting online financial fraud—has been used in attacks on over 30,000 electronic banking customers in Europe, infecting both their personal computers and smartphones. The sophisticated attack is designed to circumvent banks' use of two-factor authentication for transactions by intercepting messages sent by the bank to victims' mobile phones. full article

Major Police Gang Operation Centers On Identity Theft Ring

A continued gang enforcement effort netted 11 arrests today (Thursday), mostly associated with a large-scale identity theft fraud ring. full article

Del. Police Seek Suspects in Identity Theft

GEORGETOWN, Del.- Delaware State Police say they are searching for two people wanted in connection with several incidents of identity theft and unlawful use of a credit card. full article

Authorities searching for more victims of multi-state identity theft ring

WASHINGTON PARISH, La. -- The known victims of an identity theft ring, busted Tuesday, are spread across 12 states with 400 alone in Louisiana. full article

Speeding car leads to multiple ID theft, burglary, car theft arrests

IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) -- A speeding stolen vehicle observed by a police officer Wednesday led to the arrests of four suspects believed to be involved in auto thefts, burglary, credit fraud and drug activity, according to the Irvine Police Department. full article

Manager of Mill Valley Assisted Living Facility Accused of Fraud, ID Theft

Mill Valley police arrested a Novato man who manages an assisted living facility Wednesday on suspicion of fraud.

Mill Valley police arrested the manager of an assisted living facility Wednesday on suspicion of fraud, identity theft and financial elder abuse of a resident. full article

New identity theft scam from South Africa

The FBI estimates that 9 million people have their identities stolen each year. One way that those thefts occur is through email scams such as the one that began making the rounds on Dec. 5. The Dec. 5 email was sent to an unknown number of recipients in form of a solicitation from Ned Bank of South Africa for $66,700,000,000. This particular con does not appear to contain links that will lead to a phishing site, but relies, instead, on a more traditional approach. full article

Iranian man gets prison for Texas mail, ID theft

HOUSTON (AP) — An Iranian man living in the Houston area has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for stealing mail, setting up fake identities and financial fraud. full article

December 6, 2012

Air Canada Scam Alert: Your Order Processed

Spam campaigns that leverage the name of some popular airline have been around for quite some time now. In order to bring something new to these operations, cybercriminals don’t only change the pieces of malware they attach to the fake notifications, but also the name of the company. full article

Bellingham identity thief gets prison sentence; wife, friend also charged with theft

BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham man convicted of stealing mail and identities was sentenced last week to two years behind bars and another two years on probation. full article

Seven arrested in identity theft scamv

Sheila Seal was checking on her bank account in Bogalusa in August when a bank employee told her about checks worth a combined $2,500 that Seal didn’t recall writing. full article

Police: Woman Arrested in Winnetka, Part of Florida Identity Theft Ring

Winnetka police say the Florida woman presented a forged check and stolen identification to a teller at Northern Trust Bank.

A woman arrested in Winnetka is believed to be connected with a Florida-based identity theft ring, Winnetka police said. full article

Former Illinois hospital worker convicted of ID theft

EAST ST. LOUIS • Susan L. Harris, a former medical assistant at a Southern Illinois hospital was found guilty by a federal jury Wednesday of aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit mail fraud, prosecutors said. full article

Bail cut for woman accused of identity theft in connection to killing

Bail was reduced Wednesday for a woman accused of using the public assistance card of a man whom she knew was dead, and whose son is charged with killing the man. full article

Sacramento man sentenced for ID theft, fraud

A federal judge in Sacramento sentenced Michael Stephen Moynihan, 28, of Sacramento to three years and five months in prison for identity theft fraud. full article

Norwalk Man Charged with Health Care Fraud, ID Theft

U.S. Attorney David Fein announced the indictment Wednesday.

A certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor from Norwalk has been charged with health care fraud and identity theft offenses, United States Attorney David Fein announced Wednesday. full article

December 5, 2012

State Police bust identity theft, counterfeit check ring

BATON ROUGE, La. – State Police announced the arrest of several people related to cases of identity theft, according to a release from State Police. full article

Legal secretary sentenced to federal prison for bank fraud, identity theft

A legal secretary who stole $155,660 from her employer through bank fraud and identity theft received a federal prison sentence of nearly seven years Tuesday. full article

Indictment: Victims' medical records used for ID theft, tax fraud

Two Wichitans charged with committing the crimes

WICHITA — Two Wichitans have been charged with using victims’ medical records to fraudulently apply for and receive federal income tax refunds, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Tuesday. full article

Identity Theft Threatens Borger Residents

Borger police have joined forces with the secret service to crack down on these criminals. full article

Police: Florida ID theft ring operating in north suburbs

WINNETKA — The arrest of a Florida woman last month and a subsequent investigation by the Winnetka Police Department has linked the crime to a group that law enforcement calls the “Florida Felony Lane Gang.” full article

Spear-phishing scourge: It's up to you, the user

Web browsers are getting better at detecting and blocking URLs associated with phishing sites, according to a recent test of leading browsers by NSS Labs, but defending against social engineering will require educated users, not just better software, says one researcher. full article

Children Increasingly Targeted For Identity Fraud, Study Says

One in 40 families experience theft of personal data from a minor; lower-income families disproportionately affected

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting children for identity theft, and lower-income families are the most frequent victims, according to a new study published today. full article

December 4, 2012

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Tape Lures Users to Shady Survey Sites

Cybercriminals have often attempted to trick users into visiting their malicious websites by promising them adult tapes featuring Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. While the two were separated, the scams appeared to have died out, but now that they’re back together, social media sites are once again flooded with such schemes. full article

Attackers can abuse Yahoo developer feature to steal user emails, other data

Yahoo's YQL console is open to cross-site abuse, a security researcher says

IDG News Service - Attackers can read emails, contacts and other private data from the accounts of Yahoo users who visit a malicious page by abusing a feature present on Yahoo's Developer Network website, says an independent security researcher. full article

FTC Kills "Robocall" Operation

In its 100th case against violations to the national Do Not Call (DNC) Registry, the FTC has shut the doors on a robocall operation that was scamming people by using the FTC’s name. full article

December 3, 2012

Preying on the Weak

Estate Planner Victimized Terminally Ill

It was a despicable scheme—stealing identities of terminally ill individuals to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars from insurance companies and bond issuers. full article

Alarming Rise in IRS Refund ID Thefts, Few Prosecuted: GAO Report

A new government report charts an alarming rise in tax return refund identity thefts and that few of the thefts are even investigated by the IRS. full article

Whitesboro man charged regarding stolen credit cards

A Whitesboro man faces several charges regarding stolen credit cards, village police said. full article

Bay Area Ambulance Patients ID Theft Victims

Berkeley officials said Friday that more than 900 people who were taken to hospitals by Berkeley Fire Department crews may have had their personal information stolen by an identity theft ring. full article

FTC Issues Amended Rule on Identity Theft Red Flags

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced publication of an Interim Final Rule on identity theft “red flags” that narrows the circumstances under which creditors are covered by the Rule. Congress directed the FTC, along with several banking agencies to develop regulations requiring “financial institutions” and “creditors” to develop and implement a written identity theft prevention program. By identifying “red flags” for identity theft in advance, businesses can be better equipped to spot suspicious patterns that may arise—and take steps to prevent potential problems from escalating into a costly episode of identity theft. full article

West Warwick, Coventry Men Indicted on Identity Theft and Perjury Charges, Among Others

The two men have been indicted on 11 charges between them for the 2010 identity theft scheme.

Randolph Hurst, 49, of West Warwick, a former Assistant District Manager for the Social Security Administration in Warwick, arrested and indicted on Friday for allegedly stealing the identity of a Coventry man and fraudulently sell more than $160,000 worth of stock certificates belonging to the victim. full article

ADP Discloses Ambulance Data Billing System Breach

Investigation revealed unauthorized access and, in certain instances, disclosure of personal information

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Data Processing, Inc., (the "Company"), a provider of technology-based services to the emergency medical services industry, learned on October 1, 2012 that individual account information from the ambulance billing system was illegally accessed, some of which was disclosed to a theft ring suspected of filing fraudulent federal tax returns with the IRS. With the Company's help, the authorities identified the employee who admitted to the crime. The employee was immediately terminated. The theft included ambulance data from Frederick County and First Response Medical Transportation Corp. full article


Contact Information

Center for Identity Management and
Information Protection
Dr. Donald Rebovich,
Executive Director
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502