June 2010

Wisconsin prosecutors expand use of identity theft laws

Because of the widespread use of social networking and online shopping, it's easier than ever for identity thieves to operate online and successfully get victims' personal information.

Tips for retirees who might be targeted by identity thieves

With identity theft such a widespread and growing problem in the U.S., one of the most common targets for the crime are retired senior citizens.

Security breach at health insurance provider puts hundreds of thousands at risk

A routine web site upgrade at Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield recently put the personal information of close to half a million customers at risk of being stolen for months.

Jail Term for Identity Thieves Highlights Danger to Consumers

The head of a Seattle-area identity theft ring was sentenced to six years in prison and five years of supervised release on Friday, after being convicted of aggravated identity theft, Social Security number misuse, and bank fraud, according to the U.

Obama Administration Drafting Identity Theft Protection Strategy

With identity theft becoming a widespread problem in America and around the world, the White House has decided to come up with a comprehensive strategy to fight the epidemic, and is asking for the public's help.

FTC Stops International Crime Resulting in $10 Million Fraudulent Charges on Consumer Credit and Debit Cards

When most Americans think of identity theft, they may see each crime affecting only one party and destroying their finances and credibility. However, consumers should be aware that fraud and identity theft can happen on a large scale as well. Regardl

Indiana to enact new identity theft protection laws

Changes to the way Indiana protects its residents from identity theft are among the many new consumer protection laws that will be enacted by the state on July 1.

Shredding documents helps minimize threat of identity theft

There are many high-tech methods for fraudsters to steal people's identities. They can hack a computer, they can phish for information via email or instant message, and they can even steal passwords with specially designed computer programs.

Poorly-Protected Databases Pose As Large An Identity Theft Threat As Criminals

Each day, Americans see an overwhelming amount of identity theft and fraud cases committed by a criminal or computer hacker. Some are more astonishing than others, as more children and senior citizens are falling victim to the crime at the hands of f

Identity theft numbers unaffected by harsher penalties

With identity theft becoming a more and more profitable crime for scammers, it was only a matter of time before the government stiffened the penalties for those who commit it.

Criminals Find New Way to Commit Medical Identity Theft by Stealing Health Insurance Cards

Medical identity theft is the fastest-growing type of identity theft in the U.S. A lot of publicity has been centered around data breaches lately, as more hospitals and clinics transfer patient records to electronic medical databases that can be acce

Consumers do little to protect their identity online

Identity theft is a growing problem across the country, and many consumers are finding themselves victimized as a result of not taking the proper precautions.

Website Warns Consumers Against 'Tabnabbing' Scams That May Lead to Identity Theft

Phishing scams have long been used by tech-savvy criminals to obtain personal information from consumers. The most common type of phishing scams come in the form of emails, but online service provider PeopleFinders is warning consumers against a new

FBI Warns Consumers Over Revived Telephone Scams

While most criminals are utilizing technology to steal consumer information, such as bank account numbers and passwords, others are sticking to old-fashioned ways of committing theft. Calling consumers to solicit information has always been a popular

Some Kids May Become Victims of Identity Theft at the Hands of Their Parents

Identity theft is an invasive and financially debilitating crime, but what if it was committed by a family member? Not a long-lost uncle or cousin, but an individual's own parents. A recent article in the Washington Post highlights the disturbingly h

Many Groups Team Up to Launch Internet Fraud Alert Program

In the age of technology, identity theft, fraud and other financial scams are becoming more prevalent as criminals are finding new ways to obtain an individual's sensitive information. Peer-to-peer networks, social networking and even government-prot

State and Local Organizations Team Up With Healthcare Providers to Protect Elderly from Medical Fraud

While any American can fall victim to fraud and theft at the hands of scammers, reports have previously shown that the elderly are more vulnerable to such crimes, namely at the hands of family members. In response to this trend, social service worker

Copy machines could be used to steal identities

There are times that all consumers have to provide a copy of some important personal documents. Employers could need a copy of their social security card, or a new doctor might need copies of medical records.

New York Attorney Seeks to Impose Tougher Laws on Identity Thieves

Given the growing incidence of identity theft, many might assume that tougher penalties would be imposed on criminals who fraudulently use the information of many victims. However, current laws do not enforce different standards for punishing identit

Protecting against identity theft in the workplace

It's important for consumers to protect against identity theft at all times - even when in the workplace.

Vacationers Should Protect Their Information to Prevent Identity Theft

The beginning of summer usually signals sunny weather, no school, and for many families, the beginning of vacation season. However, if individuals aren't careful, it can also make identity theft easier for criminals to commit. Vacationers may let the

Obtaining A Copy of an Individual's Insurance Claim May Help Detect Medical Identity Theft

As the number of data breaches at hospitals and medical offices grows, more Americans are becoming aware of the dangers surrounding medical identity theft. This type of theft is the fastest-growing form of identity theft and poses both financial and

File sharing can lead to more cases of identity theft among young adults

Most adults understand the risks involved in identity theft and pass this knowledge on to their teenage children. Don't open email attachments from unrecognized senders. Tear up or shred bank and credit card statements before discarding them. Some ma

Keeping debit, credit cards safe this summer

Protecting their personal information is something consumers should take care to do at all times.

Threat of identity theft growing all the time

More and more Americans are victimized by some sort of identity theft every day, and now the federal government has decided to call attention to the growing threat in hopes of increasing vigilance nationwide.

Google, iKeepSafe partner to deliver digital literacy

Identity theft can target any internet user, regardless of their safety precautions or software.

Health insurance scams could lead to both ruined credit and identity theft

While Congress continues to implement the new health care laws, many Americans still have questions about when they will be required to purchase medical insurance. Some criminals are using Americans' confusion to develop new health care scams that ma

What consumers should do if their identity is stolen

For many, having their identity stolen is a nightmare scenario. A large number of things can go wrong and the resulting problems can seem overwhelming.

Personal Information Can Sit in Databases for Decades, Increasing the Risk of Identity Theft

It's no secret that identity theft in the U.S. is increasing. It seems that new methods for stealing personal data improve as quickly as law enforcement can detect and stop it. This leaves many Americans wondering how identity thieves are still able

Software partnership may protect consumers from fraud

Simply signing into an email account may be enough to put individuals' identity at risk.

Online threats targeted in National Internet Safety Month

File-sharing networks may be a convenient way for consumers to exchange movies, software or other large documents.

The Risk of Child Identity Theft May Increase During Summer Months

When Americans think of identity theft, many see distressed individuals who have lost their savings accounts to criminals and face thousands of dollars in fraudulent credit card debt. Most don't see a young 13-year-old who still may not know the mean

Oklahoma Blood Institute to Adopt Fingerprint ID for Donors to Reduce Risk of Identity Theft

The Oklahoma Blood Institute, the 12th largest non-profit regional blood center in the U.S., has announced it will adopt the BIO-Key Breakthrough TruDonor Fingerprint Donor Identification technology to protect consumer privacy. BIO-Key International