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Identity Theft News

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
NBC , March 21, 2019

Identity Theft Suspect Had Profiles of Over 20,000 People

Two men have been arrested in Claremont on suspicion of identity theft after officers pulled them over and found stolen mail, credit cards, phony drivers licenses and a key used to open community mailboxes, police said Wednesday. full article
CEOworld , March 20, 2019

Six Questions To Ask Your Identity Theft Protection Company

By Alexandra Dimitropoulou

A series of questions that can be asked to your identity theft protection company to ensure that you are receiving the best protection you can. These questions can also you understand how these companies attempt to protect your data. full article
MoneyTips , March 20, 2019

Utility Scams And Identity Theft

How to Protect Yourself From These Scammers

This article touches on a scam that has a person impersonating a utility to worker to trick people in handing over money and other personal information. Utility companies don't make threats requiring immediate payment to avoid shutoff. They will send at least one disconnection notice by mail and provide several payment options to avoid shutoff by a certain time. full article
Fox , March 19, 2019

How to protect your child from identity theft

By Linda Bell

Javelin Strategy Research Opens a New Window. says more than one million children were victims of identity fraud in 2017. Experian Opens a New Window. says child identity fraud or theft will affect 25 percent of kids before turning 18. Bart McDonough, author of Cyber Smart knows first-hand about child identity theft. His youngest daughter had a tax return filed in her name when she was much younger. full article
KDLT , March 18, 2019

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Identity Theft Case

By Associated Press

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case that could make it more difficult for states to prosecute identity theft and other crimes. full article
Eurweb , March 4, 2019



An article discussing the statistics of the amount of identity theft taking place. About seven million people are affected by identity theft every year. The article goes in depth about the importance of keeping documents secured that could be used to steal one's identity. full article
KXNET , March 1, 2019

Fraud Expert Shares Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft

By Renee Cooper

A short article that revolves around securing and monitoring your bank account to limit the damage that could occur during an identity theft attack. full article
PYMNTS , February 28, 2019

Equifax Chief Hit By Identity Theft Three Times

Equifax CEO Mark Begor has been the victim of identity theft three times in the past 10 years. Begor made the confession after U.S. Representative Katie Porter asked the CEO to share his Social Security Number, birth date, and address at the public hearing during an exchange about security and privacy concerns. full article
KSBY , February 24, 2019

Lompoc man arrested for several identity theft related charges

By Kelsey McFarland

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says 54-year-old Arvan Washington III was found to be in possession of numerous suspected fraudulent checks, credit and debit cards, counterfeiting equipment, federal income tax documents, and social security cards. full article
ZDNet , February 23, 2019

Less than one in 10 Americans take necessary steps to prevent identity theft

Most Americans think they will be victims of cyber crime -– yet not many are concerned about it

By Eileen Brown

A detailed article that goes through multiple identity theft statistics and focuses on how few people defend themselves because they are not well informed on how these crimes occur. full article , February 21, 2019

How to use a credit freeze to combat identity theft


Article goes through the steps of how to freeze your bank account when you suspect that your identity has been stolen. It provides information on how it can be beneficial to know how to freeze your accounts. full article
CBS , February 12, 2019

Identity Theft Suspect Caught With Stolen Mail, W-2s And Drugs In Arlington

A man was arrested when he was caught dumpster diving for personal identification information. This is a way for people to obtain information that can help them steal somebodies identity by searching through their garbage. It is important to always dispose of documents with personal information on it responsibly full article
NASDAQ , February 11, 2019

How Blockchain Can Fight Fraud Based on Know-Your-Customer Data

An article which goes into the detail of Blockchain technology and how it can help fight fraud for businesses. This will help lower the chances of a business getting breached and having their customer's person information stolen. full article
AJC , February 2, 2019

Police: Tennessee man charged with ID theft kept victim's wallet in fanny pack

By Bob D'Angelo

Julian R. Mitchell, 20, was booked into the Davidson County Jail after the Thursday incident, the television station reported. Mitchell tried to use the victim's card, but a fraud alert determined that the card was either lost or stolen. full article
Cointelegraph , February 2, 2019

Crypto Thief Indicted in New York's First SIM Swapping Prosecution

By Adrian Zmudzinski

Dawson Bakies, has been accused of stealing the identities of over 50 victims in the United States, and also stealing funds from some of them. The 20-year-old man has been charged with identity theft, grand larceny, computer tampering and scheme to defraud among other charges in a New York State Supreme Court indictment. full article
NBC , January 28, 2019

How to identify tax identity theft

Goes over what to look for that may indicate that you are a victim of identity theft. Examples of suspicious activity include receiving tax-related documents that you did not request and should not receive, including receiving a bogus refund. Occasionally, information meant to be delivered to the thief will be sent to you by mistake. full article , January 26, 2019

Solutions for identity theft victims during the government shutdown


Various tips on how to keep yourself safe and how to deal with identity theft during the government shutdown. full article
MSNBC , January 12, 2019

Shutdown blocks help for identity theft victims, as FTC goes dark

By Jon Schuppe

Identity theft services are one piece of the FTC's suspended operations. Its Do Not Call Registry is offline, as is the Consumer Sentinel Network, which helps law enforcement agents track identity fraud and other consumer complaints. While the FTC doesn't intervene on a victim's behalf directly, it offers step-by-step advice on how to handle their particular circumstance, and it allows them to file a complaint, which generates an affidavit they can use to alert credit agencies and financial institutions. full article
CBS , January 10, 2019

7 Arrested In Keller Related To Identity Theft Ring Investigation

Seven people were arrested in Keller Thursday morning as part of an identity theft ring investigation, police say. An investigation by authorities in Keller, Southlake, Colleyville, the Secret Service and the North Texas Financial Crimes Task Force led them to a house near Shady Grove Road and Buckner Lane in Keller in the early morning hours. full article
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