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Dr. Donald Rebovich,
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Utica University
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Utica, NY 13502

Identity Theft News

NBC News , November 14, 2017

Not Just a Financial Toll: Some Victims of Identity Theft Consider Suicide


Identity theft can be more than a hassle -- replacing credit cards, closing bank accounts, or changing passwords. But for some victims, it can be a life-altering experience that also causes serious emotional problems and can even drive some to consider suicide. full article
The Sacramento Bee , November 7, 2017

Sacramento man headed to prison for bank fraud, identity theft

By Cathy Locke

A Sacramento man who pleaded guilty to bank fraud and identity theft has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. Raleigh Rana Figueras, 36, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr., according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release. He pleaded guilty in February to bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, possession of stolen U.S. mail, and unlawful possession of five or more identification documents. full article
Huffington Post , November 6, 2017

Seattle Woman Says Her Identity Has Been Stolen 15 Times Since Equifax Data Breach

By Dominique Mosbergen

A Seattle woman says her identity has been stolen more than a dozen times since the massive Equifax security breach earlier this year. Katie Van Fleet told local news outlets she's speaking out as a warning to others. "I want to share my story and make people aware that this can happen to anybody," she told KOMO-TV last week. full article
thedailystar , November 1, 2017

REAL ID licenses to launch in New York

By Joe Mahoney

ALBANY -- New York motorists will get a new option for a driver's license Oct. 30 when state and county motor vehicle agencies begin making available REAL ID documents that the federal government has been pushing states to offer since 2005. full article
BillyPenn , October 31, 2017

Why there's so much confusion about REAL ID and PA driver's licenses at airports

By Mark Dent

Don't worry too much about the signs in airports warning how a Pennsylvania ID won't get you onto an airplane in January 2018. For one thing, Pennsylvania just got another extension Thursday. Your Pennsylvania ID will work for at least another year. full article
U.S. DOJ , October 24, 2017

Three Bay Area Insurance Agents Convicted of Conspiracy and Aggravated Identity Theft

SAN FRANCISCO – Behnam Halali, Ernesto Magat, and Karen Gagarin were found guilty on March 13, 2017, by a federal jury for their respective roles in a scheme to commit wire fraud and identity theft involving fraudulent life insurance policies, announced U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett, and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Michael T. Batdorf. The verdict follows a four-week trial before the Honorable Susan Illston, United States District Judge in San Francisco. full article
United States Department of Justice , October 17, 2017

Former Bank Vice Bank President Guilty of Identity Theft and Fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former banking executive pleaded guilty today to a fraud and identity theft scheme that caused over $3 million in losses. full article
CNN Money , October 15, 2017

Identity theft nightmares: 'I've spent my lifetime building up my credit'

By Anna Bahney

William Burnett, a retired pilot in Texas, says he's afraid to go to his mailbox. That's where the 68-year-old first learned that someone had stolen his identity, and where he continues to receive evidence that fraudulent accounts have been opened in his name. full article
Healthcare IT News , October 9, 2017

How healthcare providers can curb medical identity theft

By Bill Siwicki

Medical identity theft is on the rise. Medical records are a hot target for hackers because, according to the FBI, medical identities are valued at 20 to 50 times more than financial identities on the black market. full article
PBS , October 4, 2017

To prevent identity theft, government will issue new Medicare cards

By Lauren Neergaard

Medicare cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft. No more Social Security numbers plastered on the card. Next April, Medicare will begin mailing every beneficiary a new card with a unique new number to identify them. full article
LifeLock , October 2, 2017

What is Medical Identity Theft?

By Cory Warren

Medical identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information and uses it to obtain medical services, treatment or drugs. It can also occur when criminals use your personal information to fraudulently bill insurance providers or government programs for medical goods and services never provided. full article
CNBC , October 2, 2017

Equifax data breach may affect 2.5 million more consumers than originally stated

By Spencer Kimball, Liz Moyer

The massive data breach at Equifax, one of the nation's three major credit reporting companies, may be even larger than originally thought, according to an independent investigation by a cybersecurity firm. full article
Bloomberg , September 25, 2017

Equifax's Massive Hack Has a Tiny Silver Lining

By Suzanne Woolley

More employees are likely to see a timely new offering when they choose their benefits in a month or so--identity-theft protection. About 35 percent of companies offered it in 2015, global advisory firm Willis Towers Watson has reported, and 70 percent have said it could be on their benefits menu by 2018. full article
CBS News , September 25, 2017

"I am you": Hear hacker's threats to victim of identity theft

Americans have been scrambling for weeks to protect their credit reports after Equifax revealed it had been hacked, leaving 143 million vulnerable to identity theft. So, what happens if thieves get hold of your personal information? full article
CNN Money , September 19, 2017

Americans are worried about the Equifax hack. They're just not doing much about it.

By Danielle Wiener-Bronner

A poll conducted by research firm SSRS asked American consumers if they'd heard about the breach and how concerned they were that their sensitive information might have been stolen. full article
Equifax , September 15, 2017

Equifax Releases Details on Cybersecurity Incident

As part of the company's ongoing review of the cybersecurity incident announced September 7, 2017, Equifax Inc. today made personnel changes and released additional information regarding its preliminary findings about the incident. full article
CNN Money , April 20, 2017

Immigration phone scam seeks to steal victims' identities

By Octavio Blanco

Scam artists claiming to work for "U.S. Immigration" are calling victims across the country seeking to steal their personal information and commit identity theft, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general warned. full article
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