The Man With 18 Identities

Identity Theft

The Man With 18 Identities

The Man With 18 Identities

There are no shortcuts to excellent credit and the access it provides to useful financial services. But that didn’t stop a Canadian man who allegedly used 17 fake or stolen identities to apply for loans and credit cards in Toronto. Zeeshan Baz now faces charges of fraud, forgery and possession of property obtained by crime,… Read More

What’s the Future of Fraud?

Identity Theft

What’s the Future of Fraud?

What’s the Future of Fraud?

What do you get when you bring together a roundtable of experts who’ve got their finger on the pulse of fraud trends in the U.S.? A room full of people empowered to protect their identities — and spread the word among friends and colleagues. Herb Weisbaum, The Consumerman on NBCnews.com, led the “Fast Forward: 2013… Read More

What Are Ghost Credit Cards?

Personal Finance

What Are Ghost Credit Cards?

What Are Ghost Credit Cards?

In an alleged scheme targeting consumers in need of building their credit, scammers are said to have sent letters promoting semi-secured credit cards that would help boost credit scores. The letters asked people to send hundreds of dollars in deposits to either Freedom 1st National Bank or AmTrade International Bank in order to receive their… Read More

FBI Warns of New ‘Wire Transfer’ Scheme

Identity Theft

FBI Warns of New ‘Wire Transfer’ Scheme

FBI Warns of New ‘Wire Transfer’ Scheme

Criminals are always looking for new ways to rip off consumers when it comes to identity theft, and that trend continued in June as well, with two new scams being reported nationwide. A number of businesses and individuals nationwide have recently received calls from people claiming to be workers in tech support for wire transfer companies, according… Read More

How to Protect Yourself from Fraud at the Hospital

Identity Theft

How to Protect Yourself from Fraud at the Hospital

How to Protect Yourself from Fraud at the Hospital

By Lauren Roberts Of all the places where people want to feel secure and protected, hospitals must certainly rank at the top. But even those who aren’t afraid of being poked and prodded have something to worry about: hospitals are a growing scene for identity theft and fraud. The fraud that’s happening in hospitals isn’t… Read More

Credit Card Skimming Scams Aren’t Going Anywhere

Identity Theft

Credit Card Skimming Scams Aren’t Going Anywhere

Credit Card Skimming Scams Aren’t Going Anywhere

Nationwide, a rather insidious type of identity theft that can affect thousands of consumers without a hint that it’s happening. Unfortunately, the scam is growing more common and problematic. Skimming scams have been discovered in a wide variety of places around the country and can lead to significant issues not only for consumers, but for the businesses hit by them… Read More

Florida: The Top State for Identity Theft Complaints

Identity Theft

Florida: The Top State for Identity Theft Complaints

Florida: The Top State for Identity Theft Complaints

Americans of all ages are affected by identity theft every year, and the problem seems to be growing worse. However, there are some states in which the problem is far more pervasive than others. Florida has more identity theft complaints than any other state in the country, with 361.3 complaints per 100,000 residents last year, according to the Federal… Read More

Mortgage Fraud Risk Highest in Years

Mortgages

Mortgage Fraud Risk Highest in Years

Mortgage Fraud Risk Highest in Years

The amount of mortgage fraud now being carried out across the country is on the rise, as criminals use a larger number of different methods to deceive industry professionals. The risk of fraudulent home loan filings increased some 16 percent during the final three months of last year when compared with the period from July to September, according to the latest Mortgage Fraud Risk Report… Read More

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