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Dr. Donald Rebovich,
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315.792.3231
drebovich@utica.edu
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502

Identity Theft News



Huffpost , November 18, 2020

7 Charged With Stealing Millions In COVID Aid, Using It To Buy Lamborghini, Porsche


The suspects allegedly laundered the money by writing checks to relatives and fake employees. The checks were then cashed through a defendant’s checking company.


By Nina Golgowski


Seven people in two states have been charged with allegedly stealing millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funds, some of which was spent on a Porsche and Lamborghini sports car, authorities said Tuesday. ...read full article
13 ABC Action News, Toledo, OH , October 8, 2020

Scammers using e-mail to target personal information


October marks National Cybersecurity Month. With more people online than ever, the Better Business Bureau is warning users about a new kind of attack by hackers.


By Jack Bassett


The President of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan’s Better Business Bureau is warning about a scam making its way online. ...read full article
Reuters , October 6, 2020

UK COVID loan scheme could lose 26 billion pounds from fraud, defaults - watchdog


By Michael Holden


LONDON (Reuters) - Criminals may have made billions of pounds by exploiting a government loan scheme to help British businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, while large losses are expected from firms unable to repay, the country’s spending watchdog has said. ...read full article
Newsday , September 23, 2020

Thieves stole more than $1 million in 'synthetic identity' fraud scheme, Suffolk DA Timothy Sini says


13 people have been charged; the majority of the defendants are from Long Island.


By Bridget Murphy


A complex scheme that netted more than $1 million after thieves created about 20 new identities with stolen information and used them in Suffolk County to get loans and other credit began unraveling after a single phone call to police, authorities said Wednesday. ...read full article
WTEN , September 6, 2020

Nine indicted in identity theft, bank fraud conspiracy



SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WTEN) – Nine men were charged in a 13-count indictment for a bank fraud and identity theft scheme with hundreds of victims, including in Albany County. ...read full article
Next Avenue , September 4, 2020

COVID-19 Scams: From Identity Theft to Bogus Contact Tracers


What the 'Friends Talk Money' podcast hosts advise to stay safe


By Richard Eisenberg


Americans have lost more than $106 million to COVID-19 fraud this year, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received over 187,000 fraud reports, amounting to more than $130 million in losses. ...read full article
Krebs on Security , August 27, 2020

Confessions of an ID Theft Kingpin, Part II


By Brian Krebs


Ngo now says he wants to use his experience to convince other cybercriminals to use their skills for good. Here’s a look at what happened after he got busted. ...read full article
Krebs on Security , August 26, 2020

Confessions of an ID Theft Kingpin, Part I


By Brian Krebs


At the height of his cybercriminal career, the hacker known as “Hieupc” was earning $125,000 a month running a bustling identity theft service that siphoned consumer dossiers from some of the world’s top data brokers. ...read full article
South Bend Tribune , August 21, 2020

Consumer Advocate: Watch out for scammers’ newest trick: synthetic identity theft


By Marjorie Stephens


One of the newest schemes is synthetic identity theft, where a scammer takes multiple pieces of information from different people to create a fake identity. You could be a victim without knowing. ...read full article
ClickOnDetroit.com , May 30, 2020

UIA provides resources, adds staff to protect Michiganders against unemployment identity theft


New scam steals personal information to file false unemployment claims



The Unemployment Insurance Agency today provided Michigan consumers with resources to help protect against unemployment identity theft and steps to take if they are victim. ...read full article
Spectrum News , May 29, 2020

Amended Lawsuit Alleges Identity Theft Related to Deloitte PUA Leak


By Orie Givens


The list of plaintiffs suing the manufacturer of the state's pandemic unemployment system grew by two this week. ...read full article
The Seattle Times , May 28, 2020

Washington state claws back $300 million from unemployment fraud scheme as many jobless workers await benefits


By Paul Roberts


A week after acknowledging fraud losses of “hundreds of millions of dollars” in Washington’s unemployment insurance system, state officials announced Thursday they had recovered more than $300 million of the stolen funds and blocked thieves from stealing “hundreds of millions” of additional dollars in benefits. ...read full article
bobsullivan.net , May 18, 2020

Podcast: ‘This is heartbreaking’


Unemployment ID theft victims in red tape nightmare


By Bob Sullivan


Imagine applying for unemployment benefits only to be denied because…you are already receiving them. ...read full article
Victoria Advocate , May 2, 2020

Kansas woman's quest for truth leads to Victoria, where her father had secret life


By Kali Venable


Vickie Martin-Hull was about 5 years old when her father disappeared. She spent her life wondering why. ...read full article
CNN , April 14, 2020

Law enforcement facing onslaught of coronavirus scams that could last for years


How scammers are exploiting coronavirus fears


By Katelyn Polantz and Evan Perez


One of the most disturbing coronavirus scams Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has seen starts with a phone call. ...read full article
CNET , April 13, 2020

Jobless after coronavirus layoffs, then struck by identity theft


This crime is always painful, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has extra sting.


By Laura Hautala


Getting laid off from a restaurant job was supposed to be the bad part. But when a server went to file for unemployment benefits in Colorado, a second nasty surprise was waiting. Someone else was already drawing benefits in the server's name, in another state. An identity thief had struck, and this was how the server found out. ...read full article
Newsweek , April 13, 2020

Coronavirus Stimulus Check Scams, Fraud, Identity Theft Warning: Safety Tips From IRS as Millions Await Payment


By Lydia Smith


As the coronavirus economic stimulus package gets underway in the U.S, the Internal Revenue Service has urged taxpayers to be wary of fraudulent schemes involving the payments. ...read full article
Fox News , April 12, 2020

FBI exposes coronavirus scam after 39M masks promised from overseas fail to reach California hospitals


By Danielle Wallace


The FBI uncovered an international coronavirus-fueled fraud scheme after more than 39 million masks promised to a powerful California union representing health-care workers were never delivered to hospitals and other medical groups in the state, according to a report published Saturday. ...read full article
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