ID THEFT EPIDEMIC ACROSS THE SOUTH

Dozens of new identity theft cases are being reported across the South, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and West Virginia have been especially hard hit.  Here are just a few recent identity theft news stories from across the South.  Florida  Identity Theft Led To Victim's Arrest - WJXT Jacksonville - Terria Myrick spent a night [...]

P DIDDY LATEST CELEBRITY VICTIM OF IDENTITY THIEVES

Rapper, P Diddy, is a victim of identity theft.  P Diddy’s personal identifying information, including his American Express card number, social security number and internet passwords and information from his cell phone were posted on the Internet.  His cell phone information included the telephone numbers for his celebrity friends. Courtesy of Reuters P Diddy has begun [...]

BIRMINGHAM SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINSTRATION ID THEFT INCIDENT

A former Birmingham, Alabama Social Security Administration employee has been sentenced to more than 2 years in prison for identity theft.  The employee, Ame-Cherie Denise Thompson, 34, of Birmingham, Alabama used someone else’s Social Security number to get a car loan for a friend.  After Thompson gets out of prison, she will also have to serve 5 [...]

POLICE MAKE ARREST IN MULTI-STATE ID THEFT RING

Police have extradited a Texas woman on identity theft charges.  The alleged identity thief, Tamara Turner, 31 of Houston, Texas has been charged with 18 counts of identity theft for stealing another woman's identity and used a fake ID to open fraudulent accounts all over the US.  One of the victims, a Connecticut resident, claims [...]

FEDERAL COURT ORDERS DEBT COLLECTOR TO STOP ABUSIVE DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES

A federal judge has ordered Rumson, Bolling & Associates, a debt collection agency, to cease operations and stop abusing consumers.  The federal order also froze the companies assets.  A court-appointed receiver will take over the day-to-day operations of the business while the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) prosecutes the company for scamming consumers.  The FTC's complaint alleged that the defendants collected [...]

SUPREME COURT & BIG BUSINESS CRUSH CONSUMER RIGHTS

Are consumer class actions banned by the US Supreme Court ruling in Concepcion?  Here's an excerpt from an excellent article detailing how the Concepcion ruling is affecting consumers all over the US. If it seems easier lately for companies to add small fees on your bills and harder for you to get your money back, [...]

McD’s EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF SKIMMING CUSTOMERS’ CREDIT CARD NUMBERS

Law enforcement is investigating a Monticello, Minnesota McDonald's employee who is accused of skimming credit card numbers  from customers.  A young McDonald's employee is accused of using a skimmer to steal the credit card numbers of drive thru customers.  The young employee allegedly collected the credit card numbers so that identity thieves could use the credit card numbers for fraudulent [...]

MICHIGAN RESIDENTS AT RISK FOR ID THEFT

Michigan Secretary of State officials are sending out breach notification letters to customers who could be at risk of identity theft. State officials believe an identity thief took driver's license applications and state ID applications from at least two branches, including two Macomb County offices. The thefts occurred at the Southwest Macomb PLUS Office on Dequindre Road in Warren and the [...]

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN YOU FIND ERRORS ON YOUR CREDIT REPORT?

What should you do when you find errors on your credit report? When you find an error on your credit report, you should dispute the incorrect information!  Why?  Inaccurate or incomplete information can lower your credit score and keep you from getting credit, a job or insurance.  Under federal law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), [...]