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TOP IDENTITY THEFT STORIES – WEEKLY UPDATE

IDENTITY THEFT NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATE
Here are some of the top identity theft stories from around the country.

Identity theft among children on the rise: How to keep your kids safe
New York Daily News
By Rheana Murray / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Experts say identity theft is a growing concern not only for adults, but for children, too. Children are surprising targets for identity thieves, but experts say parents need to watch out.

Despite Rise in Child ID Theft, Parents Remain Largely Unaware
MarketWatch (press release)
Atlanta, Georgia /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — At a time when reported cases of childhood identity theft are increasing, over 80% of parents with minor children have little to no familiarity with this growing problem. This finding comes from a new …

Tax Procrastination Can Cost You: Identity Thieves File Before Victims Do
ABC News
Tax-related identity theft has doubled over the past two years and now makes up the single largest category of the crime. In 2009, only 12 percent of identity theft was related to taxes. Now tax identity theft makes up 24 percent of all ID theft crimes …

ID thieves target the young
Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Definitely, children’s identity theft is a huge issue,” said Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy for the nonprofit Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. “It tends not to be discovered for a long period of time.” Credit monitoring firms have taken …

Fighting physician identity theft
Healthcare Finance News
Peters was the victim of physician identity theft, a crime that is not at all uncommon, said Pam Dixon, founder of the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit public interest research group. “Physician identity theft is a well-known problem,” she said.

A Knoxville family lost its tax return to identity theft when they needed it …
WBIR-TV
A Knoxville, Tennessee family lost its tax return to identity theft when they needed it the most. JJ Stambaugh, a former reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel, filed his taxes several months ago with expectations of receiving a tax return of more than $6500.

Police Arrest Identity Theft Suspect
Patch.com
A four-month long investigation ends in the arrest of one person and information on others in an identity theft ring. By Shannon Burkey Scotts Valley Police have arrested a man involved in an identity theft ring responsible for several hundred thousand …

Sen. Brown looks to boost penalties for tax identify theft
The Hill (blog)
Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Wednesday said he supports a Senate bill that increases penalties for people convicted of identify theft by filing false tax returns with the IRS. Brown spoke in Ohio with Michael Bucalo, one of his constituents whose identity …

Md. passes measure to address child identity theft
BusinessWeek
By BRIAN WITTE As more and more children are having their credit ratings damaged by identity theft before they think of borrowing a dime, Maryland lawmakers have approved a first-of-its-kind measure to enable parents to take steps to protect their kids …

Child Identity Theft Protection Bill Passed By Maryland Lawmakers
Huffington Post
By BRIAN WITTE 04/12/12 03:35 PM ET ANNAPOLIS, Md. — As more and more children are having their credit ratings damaged by identity theft before they think of borrowing a dime, Maryland lawmakers have approved a first-of-its-kind measure to enable …

Protect your kids from ID theft
MSN Money
The FTC received more than 19000 complaints about child identity theft last year — more than triple the number in 2003. A year ago, Carnegie Mellon University released a study of more than 40000 kids and found that more than 10 percent …

ID Theft During Tax Season
KFYR-TV
Identity theft is on the rise across the nation, and more North Dakotans are falling victim. “We know it`s beginning to burgeon and we are seeing an increase,” said Parrell Grossman with the Consumer Protection Division.

Tax preparer charged with ID theft
WZVN-TV
Debbie Cooper of Miami Gardens was charged with eight counts of identity theft. But deputies say have stolen as many as 600 identities. “This is just more proof that residents are being defrauded and taken advantage of,” said Collier County Sheriff …

North Shore Hospital nurse arraigned for ID theft
7Online.com
NEW YORK (WABC) — After Eyewitness News’ story aired, the Investigators immediately started getting calls and emails from victims of identity theft who all share on thing in common; they’ve all been patients in the North Shore Hospital-LIJ Network.

Identity Theft Prevention
Patch.com
Identity theft is a major problem that affects many people each year and often increases during tax season. Cobb County police explain how to protect yourself. Courtesy of the Cobb County Police Department Precinct 4 PENS (Police Email Notification …

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