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Center for Identity Management
and Information Protection
Dr. Donald Rebovich,
Executive Director
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502

December 2013 News Archive

December 31, 2013

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft in the New Year

Consider adopting some of these practices to safeguard your identity in the coming year full article

Identity Theft Used to Pay Thousands in Parking Tickets

A Department of Investigations inquiry has found that individuals have used stolen credit card information to pay parking tickets costing thousands of dollars. The tickets were paid using the City of New York’s website. full article

December 28, 2013

Father Allegedly Steals Son’s Identity

A Bronx man has been arrested after allegedly using his son’s personal identification information, including his Social Security number, to open multiple accounts. full article

December 26, 2013

'Skimmer’ Devices Illegal in Michigan

Legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder has banned the sale, purchase, or use of ‘skimmer’ devices in Michigan. full article

December 19, 2013

Target Data Breach: What You Need to Know

Learn more about the recent data breach experienced by retail giant Target. Also included are tips for detecting and preventing card fraud. full article

December 18, 2013

Former SDSU Employee Charged With Identity Theft

A former South Dakota State University secretary has been charged with identity theft after she allegedly opened multiple credit cards in the name of a fellow employee. full article

Are You at Risk for ‘Porch Pirating’ This Holiday Season?

Learn ways to avoid this trend in identity theft crimes which occurs when delivered packages are stolen from your doorstep when no one is home. full article

December 16, 2013

Police Arrest Identity Theft Ring Leaders

A Washington couple, described as repeat identity theft offenders, has been arrested after police say they swindled Snohomish County residents out of more than $200,000.

December 12, 2013

Report Finds Identity Theft Losses Total More Than All Other Property Crimes Combined

A new report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics has found that Americans suffered $10 billion more in identity theft costs last year than all other property crimes measured by the National Crime Victimization Survey. full article

December 11, 2013

Identity Theft Described as Maine’s Most Prevalent Crime

A recent victimization study conducted by the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service has indicated that identity theft is the most prevalent crime in Maine. full article

December 8, 2013

NY Man Receives Prison Sentence for Aggravated Identity Theft, Access Device Fraud

Maurice Pugh has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for his participation in a scheme to create fake credit cards using stolen IDs. The scheme affected 400 individuals and 59 financial institutions. full article

December 5, 2013

California Couple Commits Cross-County ID Theft Scheme

A California couple has pleaded guilty subsequent to their arrest in February at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The couple was found to be in possession of approximately 100 fraudulent credit cards at the time of their arrest. full article

December 4, 2013

Holiday Season May Mean Increased Risk for Identity Theft

Use caution when you are online this holiday season to avoid phishing attacks and spoofed websites that seek to gather information that will later be used to commit identity theft. full article

December 3, 2013

New Law to Combat Child Identity Theft

Under a new law, authored by Pennsylvania State Rep. Matt Baker, children under the age of 18 will be considered members of a protected class of identity theft victims. Under the new statute, when an offense is perpetrated against a member of a protected class, the grading of the offense is increased by one degree. full article

Oneonta Police Arrest Identity Theft, Forgery Suspect

Lafayette Alexander, 57, of Hollis, NY has been accused of fraudulently applying for a business loan. It is alleged that he presented a fake driver’s license and other false documents with the identity of another individual. full article

December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Identity Theft Prevention

When making holiday purchases online remember to take steps to safeguard your personal information. Follow these suggestions to ensure you are not at risk this holiday shopping season. full article

VA Cardholders May Be at Risk of Identity Theft Schemes

The Department of Veterans Affairs warns cardholders that identification cards issued since 2004 may be scanned using a smartphone or barcode app to reveal the cardholder’s Social Security number. full article