Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

Identity Theft

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

The other day a reporter asked me who’s to blame for the growing epidemic of identity-related tax fraud. I almost replied, “the government and the bad guys,” but I caught myself before committing to that inaccuracy. “We’re all to blame,” I said. I believe that breaches, and the identity theft that flows from them, have... Read More

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

Identity Theft

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

Digital criminals inventing and exploiting identities out of thin air, rather than impersonating real consumers, are a fast-growing menace, according to a new report from fraud-fighting firm ID Analytics. This relatively new form of identity fraud, called synthetic identity fraud, involves criminals using random Social Security numbers, mismatched names and birthdays, and other personal characteristics that... Read More

Confessions of a Credit Card Thief

Identity Theft

Confessions of a Credit Card Thief

Confessions of a Credit Card Thief

For someone who was committing federal crimes on a daily basis, Dan DeFelippi led a pretty uneventful life in the early 2000s. He’d get up and go to work, much like you do. He liked spending time online, and he would run errands after spending a few hours at the office. He was just a... Read More

Target Data Breach: There Hasn’t Been Much Fraud…Yet

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Target Data Breach: There Hasn’t Been Much Fraud…Yet

Target Data Breach: There Hasn’t Been Much Fraud…Yet

With 40 million stolen credit and debit card accounts used at Target floating around in cyberspace, you’d think everyone would know someone hit by credit card fraud by now. Not so. Not yet, anyway. In fact, according to one fraud-fighting company, there’s little sign of an increase of fraudulent charges among Target breach victims. What... Read More

Another Place You Could Become an Identity Theft Victim: Court

Identity Theft

Another Place You Could Become an Identity Theft Victim: Court

Another Place You Could Become an Identity Theft Victim: Court

A former county court clerk in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pleaded guilty to identity theft Monday, saying she used her work computer to steal people’s personal information while she worked at the traffic and misdemeanor division in the Broward County courthouse. Porscha Kyles, 25, sold the information, including drivers’ names, birthdates and Social Security numbers, to... Read More

Digital Grave Robbers: The Newest Breed of Identity Thieves

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Digital Grave Robbers: The Newest Breed of Identity Thieves

Digital Grave Robbers: The Newest Breed of Identity Thieves

Identity theft can have massive negative effects on millions of people nationwide every year, but today, even many victims who are no longer living may be susceptible to being ripped off by criminals. These days, there are a number of websites frequented by criminals that contain a wealth of personal information on the recently deceased.... Read More

Could Your Paper Boy Steal Your Identity?

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Could Your Paper Boy Steal Your Identity?

Could Your Paper Boy Steal Your Identity?

A Massachusetts man was recently arraigned in connection with a massive identity theft scheme that ripped off numerous people for at least $200,000. Ikponmwosa Ogiugo, who worked as a newspaper deliveryman in Massachusetts, now faces charges of larceny over $250 by check, five counts of larceny over $250, 12 charges of identity theft and 23... Read More

New Identity Theft Scheme Involves Obamacare

Identity Theft

New Identity Theft Scheme Involves Obamacare

New Identity Theft Scheme Involves Obamacare

Criminals are always looking for new twists to get consumers to give up their identifying information, and now some seem to have settled on one that relates to the Affordable Care Act. Many consumers across the country may be receiving calls from identity thieves who are posing as government officials purporting themselves to be trying... Read More

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