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WHAT HAPPENS IF THE CREDIT BUREAUS VERIFY CREDIT REPORT ERRORS?

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE CREDIT BUREAUS VERIFY CREDIT REPORT ERRORS? Have you made a dispute to a consumer reporting agency, such as Equifax, Experian or Trans Union?  Did the credit reporting agency verify false information?  The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that provides consumers in all 50 states with rights, including [...]

IDENTITY THEFT IN THE NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATE

Tax-related identity theft is growing problem Detroit Free Press Tax-related identity theft is a hot spot for quick cash -- and the National Taxpayer Advocate says it's now one of the top problems facing taxpayers. Taxpayers must keep ID theft in mind as they gather paperwork and prepare tax returns. Consumer Reports: Needless identity theft [...]

MEDICAL DATA BREACHES ON THE RISE

Healthcare organizations need to "serve as their own watchdog" to increase security and decrease data breaches, a new report from IT security audit firm Redspin concludes. The increase in "bring your own device" policies at various hospitals, in addition to the continued implementation of electronic health record systems, are too much for government alone to [...]

IDENTITY THEFT IN THE NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATE

Some US banks awash in ID theft tax-fraud proceeds as IRS cracks down Reuters Blogs (blog) Identity-theft tax fraud schemes typically involve using an unwitting victim's name, social security number and date of birth to file an online tax return in his or her name and routing the resulting IRS refund payment to an untraceable [...]

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED OVER STRATFOR DATA BREACH – THOUSANDS OF CREDIT CARD NUMBERS STOLEN

Geopolitical analysis company Stratfor has been hit with a lawsuit this week after a computer hacker stole information on thousands of the company's customers. The lawsuit, filed by Stratfor users, claims that information on 90,000 credit card accounts were stolen, as well as 75,000 people's personal information. The lawsuit is seeking more than $50 million in [...]

TAX FRAUD & IDENTITY THEFT – 3 ARRESTED & CHARGED FOR CRIMES IN OHIO

In Ohio, three women were taken into custody and indicted on multiple counts of identity theft and tax fraud.  The women, Karen Taylor, Laquanna Bradshaw and Tiffany Cole, were indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring to defraud the IRS with fraudulent tax returns.  The identity theft victims are believed to be mentally disabled adults. [...]

TAX IDENTITY THEFT AND TAX FRAUD HELP

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) added a new webpage concerning tax fraud and identity theft.  The website now includes topics on “phishing” schemes, identity theft and protecting your Social Security number.   Click HERE to visit the website. What are signs that you may be a victim of tax identity theft? 1. You filed more than [...]

LANCASTER COUNTY SCHOOL RECORDS DATA BREACH EXPOSES STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES TO RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT

Lancaster County School records for 25,000 students and 2,500 employees have been hacked.   On April 12, 2011, the Lancaster County School District began sending breach notification letters to those affected by the data breach.  Click HERE to read the breach notification letter.  Like other data breaches, the School District notes in its breach notification letter [...]

REPORT INDICATES CYBERCRIME WAVE IS SHIFTING TO MOBILE DEVICES AND APPLE PRODUCTS

The cybercrime wave is shifting away from attacks on Windows machines and migrating to the mobile marketplace, according to a just released yearly report from Cisco.  According to Cisco's 2010 Annual Security Report, cybercriminals have shifted their focus to a number of areas ripe for exploitation, such as so-called "work-at-home" scams that are nothing more than enlisting people [...]