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Identity Theft News

WHNT News , June 23, 2019

Identity Theft Scammers Target Vacationers

By Elizabeth Garcia and Julia Cherry

As the warmer months approach, the need for a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation increases. According to the U.S. Travel Association, U.S. domestic travel increased 1.9 percent in 2018 to a total of 2.3 billion person-trips. As a vacation approaches, excitement heightens and all focus is dedicated to making sure all the essentials are packed and ready to go but what most people forget to do on vacation is be aware of their security. With an increased use of credit cards, public Wi-Fi, and tagging your location on social media, the risk of identity theft increases. full article
New York Post , June 21, 2019

Social media star Christian Aaron charged with identity theft

By Lorena Mongelli and Lia Eustachewich June 21, 2019 | 4:46pm | Updated

Christian Aaron, is accused of stealing a woman's identity and racking up $19,000 on an American Express card under her name full article
22 News - WWLP , June 14, 2019

Have you or anyone you know been a victim of identity theft?

By Syndey Snow

Many people have fallen victim to identity theft or know someone who has. If you suspect your identity has been stolen you need to act fast. Identity theft occurs when criminals gain access to your social security number, financial accounts or other personal information. The article goes over the steps that need to be taken if you feel as though you are a victim of identity theft, and ways that you can prevent future attacks against your personal information. full article
Fox6 News , June 14, 2019

2 from Michigan accused of identity theft; lost wallet leads to their arrest

By Angelica Sanchez

A man and woman from Michigan are accused of identity theft, but their alleged scheme landed them in custody at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. The accused are Dallal Farha, 38, of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Robert Martin, 35, of Ypsilanti, Michigan. full article
Now This News , June 13, 2019

How to Avoid Identity Theft

Identity theft can impact your finances, emotional state, and a criminal record for years—here's how you avoid it. This link shows a short clip of the different ways that individuals can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft. full article
PINAC News , June 12, 2019

Florida Cop Arrested for Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud

By Keith Palmer

A Jasper, Fl police officer has been arrested on theft charges, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced on Wednesday. FDLE says 56-year-old Jasper Police Department Officer Reginald Akins was taken into custody and is facing charges of identity theft, credit card fraud and grand theft. full article
Daily Herald: Suburban Chicago's Information Source , June 6, 2019

Riverwoods businessman indicted on bank fraud and identity theft charges

By Henry Redman

"A 44-year-old Riverwoods businessman was indicted Wednesday on 11 counts of bank fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft by a federal grand jury in Chicago, according to the U.S. attorney's office." full article
Fox 31 , June 5, 2019

Scammers heat up identity theft efforts as summer approaches

By Shaul Turner

Crooks are throwing some heat into their game as the summer season approaches. Rev. Tommy Richardson says he answered a threatening call from a person named “Donald” who said he was from the Social Security Administration. The article shows an interview with Richardson and how he handled the situation. full article
9to5mac , June 5, 2019

$19 million worth of iPhones stolen in massive identity theft scam

By Ben Lovejoy

Quartz reports that it was a large-scale identity theft operation: Over the past seven years, a New York City-based fraud ring allegedly stole more than $19 million worth of iPhones by posing as cellphone subscribers to get new devices at little or no cost. The six people authorities say ran the ring would then sell the stolen phones on the black market, getting away with the scam for years. As stated by the article, the massive scam has finally been put to rest, as the individuals involved have been caught. full article
NBC , April 10, 2019

Dark web monitoring: Useful way to fight identity theft or marketing hype?

Many consumers are confused about what ‘dark web monitoring’ can really do, survey finds.

By Herb Weisbaum

Many people are making false assumptions about that, according to a new survey by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA). The survey found that: 36 percent of those who’d seen ads for dark web monitoring incorrectly believed identity theft services can remove their personal information from the dark web. (They can’t.) 37 percent mistakenly believe these services can prevent stolen information sold on the dark web from being used. (They can’t.) The reality is: No one can erase the data that winds up in this underground cyber-marketplace or prevent it from being sold, exchanged or used. full article
Enterprise Record , April 9, 2019

Stolen mail leads to identity theft | Scam of the Week


The Sheriff’s Office warns people to remain vigilant with their personal identifying information. People should gather their mail as soon as possible, and also make sure retailers check identification when using ATM and credit cards, or when writing checks. full article
WFLA , April 9, 2019

Protect yourself from identity theft, attend Shred-A-Thon

By Shannon Behnken

One in three Floridians have been the victim of identity theft in the past two years. Millions of Americans had personal information stolen in breaches. You never know when those crooks will strike. But in other cases, you yourself may hand over your private information without even realizing it. That's why AAA is teaming up with News Channel 8 for Saturday's annual Shred-A-Thon. You can bring up to 8 boxes of personal documents including paper and even electronic devices. We accept personal documents, no businesses. And remember, no metal binders and no cardboard full article
CBN , April 9, 2019

Credit Monitoring Vs. Identity Theft Protection: How Credit Alerts and Identity Alerts Differ

By MoneyTips

most credit monitoring and identity theft protection services are reactive, not proactive. They let you know when suspicious activity has occurred, but they can't prevent it from happening. You can supplement either service by using common-sense proactive tactics. Use strong passwords on all your accounts and change them often. Shred any sensitive information before discarding it. Protect all electronic devices with up-to-date anti-virus software. Avoid e-mail scams and suspicious requests for information. Store your personal information in as few places as possible. Check your credit frequently, and consider a credit freeze on your accounts to prevent thieves from opening fraudulent accounts in your name. full article
AccountingToday , April 8, 2019

IRS sees progress in identity theft battle

By Michael Cohn

The Internal Revenue Service said Monday that the number of taxpayers who reported they were victims of identity theft fell 71 percent between 2015 and 2018, thanks to coordination between the IRS and its Security Summit partners in the tax profession, the tax prep software industry and state tax authorities. full article
AccountingToday , April 8, 2019

IRS sees progress in identity theft battle

By Michael Cohn

The Internal Revenue Service said Monday that the number of taxpayers who reported they were victims of identity theft fell 71 percent between 2015 and 2018, thanks to coordination between the IRS and its Security Summit partners in the tax profession, the tax prep software industry and state tax authorities. full article
WFMZ , April 2, 2019

Berks County police investigating 'large scale' identity theft

By Tom Rader

The Central Berks Regional Police Department reports that investigators executed a search warrant at a home in the first block of Maci Way in Saint Lawrence on Monday. Residents reported seeing police officers at the home about 3 p.m. full article
CBS , April 2, 2019

Permanent Fix In Works After EDD Put Millions At Risk Of Identity Theft

By Julie Watts

, a permanent fix is finally in the works to prevent state agencies from mailing your social security number. This follows a state audit of the Employment Development Department (EDD) that found the agency has been putting millions of Californians at risk of identity theft. full article
AJC , April 2, 2019

Former campus watchman at Florida high school accused of identity theft

By Bob D'Angelo

Christopher Corey Barker, 34, of Lauderdale Lakes, was charged with unlawful possession of the personal identification information of another five or more people, according to his arrest affidavit. He was arrested March 15 at South Plantation High School. full article
NextGov , April 1, 2019

Identity Theft Services Inefficient at Addressing Data Breach Risks, Watchdog Says

By Brandi Vincent

The Government Accountability Office is doubling down on its recommendation that Congress reconsider the identity theft insurance it requires federal agencies to offer after data breaches. GAO reviewed documentation and conducted interviews with academic, consumer, government and industry experts to “evaluate issues related to consumers’ options” to address potential harm from data breaches. The agency found that there’s limited information around actually assessing said options. full article
Detroit Free Press , March 21, 2019

No, you can't pay to remove ID from the dark web. Here's what to do

By Susan Tompor

Not many people understand how the dark web work and may easily be fooled into thinking that purchasing identity theft protection can make sure that any data of you on the dark web will be erased. However, that is not the case. People must be careful and not fall for scams that may promise that service. full article
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