ID THEFT NEWS: WEEKLY UPDATE

Over 12 million consumers a year become victims of identity theft. Click HERE to download the FTC’s 2012 report on top consumer complaints.  Consumers often learn they are a fraud victim after receiving a credit denial or call from a debt collector for a debt they do not owe.  Identity theft victims also get turned [...]

REGIONS BANK 401K PARTICIPANTS AT RISK FOR ID THEFT – ERNST & YOUNG LOSES JUMP DRIVE

Current and former employees of Regions Bank are being mailed data loss notification letters concerning a recent data loss.  According to the data loss notification letters from Regions Bank and Ernst & Young, a jump drive containing Regions' 401K participants' personal identifying information was lost in the mail.  The jump drive was purportedly encrypted, but [...]

Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue Customers Victims of Identity Theft

Three convicted of identity theft lost their appeals in front of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Annette Sandoval, April Hicks and Sean Vanderhack were convicted for selling stolen goods as a part of a low tech identity theft scheme.  According to court papers, the three targeted customers of high end stores, such as Neiman [...]

ALABAMA HOT SPOT FOR CONSUMER FRAUD & ID THEFT

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Alabama is a hot spot for consumer fraud and identity theft.  Identity theft seems to increase around tax time, according to the report and the Birmingham News.  Over three thousand Alabama consumers complained of being a victim of identity theft to the FTC in 2010.  As a result, Alabama ranks No. 15 for [...]