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Dr. Donald Rebovich,
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Utica University
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502

Identity Theft News , May 19, 2022

Upstate man was tried and convicted for ID theft.

Feds in Syracuse still don’t know his real name

By Douglass Dowty

A Southern Tier man is headed to federal prison for at least two years after a jury convicted him Thursday of multiple counts of aggravated identity theft, prosecutors in Syracuse said. But federal authorities still don’t know the man’s real name. full article
Compliance Week , May 6, 2022

A look inside USAA’s ‘catastrophically mismanaged’ compliance culture

By Jaclyn Jaeger

At a time when other large banks were stacking their risk and compliance departments amid intensified banking regulatory scrutiny, USAA’s risk and compliance functions remained woefully understaffed in an organization plagued by systemic violations of laws that went unaddressed for years. In exclusive interviews with Compliance Week, former USAA insiders described a culture in which numerous individuals either were given the axe or quit because the problems were so endemic. full article
Compliance Week , May 6, 2022

Whistleblower to OCC: USAA had 400,000 undisclosed Military Lending Act violations

By Jaclyn Jaeger

USAA Federal Savings Bank (USAA Bank), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of USAA, engaged in an estimated 400,000 violations of the Military Lending Act (MLA), a former director of compliance within the bank reported to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in documents seen by Compliance Week. full article
CNBC , March 9, 2022

Here’s a list of the top-rated charities to help the Ukraine relief effort

Donations can go along way during the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine.

By Sharon Epperson, Senior Personal Finance Correspondent

Many people around the world want to help Ukrainian refugees, whether by donating money, medical supplies or emergency housing. However, there are just as many scammers trying to capitalize on the geopolitical unrest. To make sure your money gets into the right hands, here is a list of highly rated nonprofits engaged in relief and recovery efforts in Ukraine and the surrounding areas. full article
WMTV in Madison | , March 7, 2022

Compelled to donate to Ukraine? Beware of scammers

The BBB and state Department of Trade and Consumer protection warn scammers may take advantage of your goodwill.

By Gretchen Gerlach

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - As the crisis in Ukraine intensifies, you may be compelled to aid in relief efforts. But as the Better Business Bureau and State Department of Trade and Consumer protection warn, scammers will take advantage of your goodwill. full article
Fortune , March 7, 2022

Scammers are pretending to raise money for Ukraine.

Here’s how to make sure your donation goes to the right place.

By Amiah Taylor

When a major crisis like Ukraine causes a surge of charitable donations however, it can also be used by bad actors taking advantage of global goodwill by creating scam charities. full article
KGMI News / Talk Radio , January 14, 2022

FEMA warning flood victims about fraud and identity theft

Be on the lookout for people impersonating FEMA inspectors.

By A. Smith full article
CPO Magazine , January 11, 2022

As Synthetic Identity Fraud Grows, Children’s Data Is Increasingly at Risk

Synthetic identity fraud and identity fraud in general were the costliest kinds of fraud that U.S. ecommerce merchants suffered during 2021

By Bruno Farinelli

Here’s what ecommerce sellers need to know about how synthetic identity fraud is changing, what the risks are and how to fight it. full article
NBC News , January 8, 2022

Pop-up Covid testing sites may be rife for identity theft, experts say

As Covid cases continue to soar, “they're functioning on the fact that people are desperate,” one expert said.

By Safia Samee Ali

Pop-up testing sites have cropped up on street corners, in parking lots and on shopping properties across the country, but health and legal experts say many of these are unregulated and could be rife for nefarious activities like identity theft. full article
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