ID THEFT NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATE

We represent victims of identity theft across the country. Identity theft is an epidemic, especially in the South. Few identity thieves are arrested and convicted. What can consumers do to protect their credit reports and their reputation? Federal law provides identity theft victims with rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Under federal law, identity [...]

CORDRAY APPOINTED – PRESIDENT SUPPORTS CONSUMER PROTECTION DESPITE REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION

The long-delayed start of a new consumer protection bureau took a major step forward Wednesday when the White House defied Congressional Republicans who had been holding out for changes that consumer advocates say would have substantially weakened the agency. President Barack Obama announced a recess appointment to name Richard Cordray as the nation's chief consumer [...]

RESOLVE TO BE AN INFORMED CONSUMER

As you jot down your list of resolutions for 2012, why not consider a few to help you become more empowered in the marketplace? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other NCPW partner agencies and organizations, offer free resources on a variety of topics to help you make informed consumer decisions.  In fact, there’s pretty [...]

SOUTH LOUISIANA IDENTITY THEFT

Mistie Young, of Eunice, Louisiana, was arrested and charged with six counts of identity theft.  According to the police, Young purportedly forged the identity theft victims' names when she made credit card purchases.  police first became aware of the theft when a Eunice, Louisiana resident complained of a stolen debit card. Investigators easily tracked down [...]

ALABAMA RANKS NO. 15 FOR ID THEFT

The Federal Trade Commission ranked Alabama No. 15 IN 2010 last year.  In 2009, Alabama ranked 17.  The FTC maintains a database called the Consumer Sentinel Network and lists identity theft and fraud complaints. The FTC received 3,339 identity theft complaints from residents of Alabama last year. What state scored number 1 in the complaints [...]

ROCKYOU DATA BREACH CLASS ACTION POISED FOR SETTLEMENT

When Alan Claridge's personal information was compromised in the breach of data from RockYou in 2009, he sued the company for damages. Last week, after two years in litigation, a settlement was proposed -- and legal experts say it might prop the door open for more lawsuits. According to the proposed settlement agreement, the judgment in Claridge's [...]

EMORY DATA BREACH NOTIFICATION LETTERS GOING OUT TO VICTIMS

Over 7,000 patients who received treatment at Emory may be at risk for identity theft.  Thousands of patients personal identifying information is now in the hands of law enforcement after executing a search warrant on a suspected identity theft ring.   FULL STORY. Have you received a breach notification letter from Emory?  If you have, [...]

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 [...]

LOOKING FOR A JOB? BETTER LOOK AT YOUR CREDIT REPORT FIRST!

Are you looking for a job?  When is the last time you requested your free credit report?  Why you ask?  More employers are looking at applicants’ credit reports when making hiring decisions.  Recently, the number of delinquencies being reported to Equifax, Experian and Trans Union has increased.  No doubt, the number of derogatory accounts (i.e., [...]

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO IDENTITY THEFT

A Montgomery, Alabama woman pled guilty last week to identity theft and tax fraud charges, according to the US Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Veronica dale, the defendant, also pleaded guilty to two counts of filing false, fictitious or fraudulent claims with the United States; two counts of theft of government [...]