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 … Continue reading POLICE MAKE ARREST IN MULTI-STATE ID THEFT RING

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, … Continue reading SUPREME COURT & BIG BUSINESS CRUSH CONSUMER RIGHTS

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 … Continue reading McD’s EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF SKIMMING CUSTOMERS’ CREDIT CARD NUMBERS

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 … Continue reading MICHIGAN RESIDENTS AT RISK FOR ID THEFT

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), … Continue reading WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN YOU FIND ERRORS ON YOUR CREDIT REPORT?

Florida Resident Guilty of Fraud and Identity Theft in Medicare Scam

MIAMI -- A jury returned a guilty verdict against Yenky Sanchez, 25, of Miami. Sanchez was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349; one count of conspiracy to commit authentication feature fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, … Continue reading Florida Resident Guilty of Fraud and Identity Theft in Medicare Scam

HOW TO PROTECT KIDS’ PRIVATE INFO AT SCHOOL

A new school year usually means filling out paperwork such as registration forms, health forms, and emergency contact forms. Many school forms require personal and sensitive information that, in the wrong hands, could be used to commit fraud in your child’s name. For example, criminals can use a child’s Social Security number to apply for … Continue reading HOW TO PROTECT KIDS’ PRIVATE INFO AT SCHOOL

Glenville police search for identity theft suspect – News 10 WTEN: Albany, New York News, Weather, Sports

GLENVILLE, NY (WTEN) - The Glenville Police Department are searching for a suspect accused of identity theft at Walmart. Six complaints of identity theft have been filed with Glenville Police between August 16 through August 21, 2011. The victims are from Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas. Some unknown suspect or suspects are placing orders … Continue reading Glenville police search for identity theft suspect – News 10 WTEN: Albany, New York News, Weather, Sports

HOW DO I GET COLLECTION ACCOUNTS OFF MY CREDIT REPORT?

Consumers often call us and ask, how do I get collection accounts off of my credit report? You might think the answer is simple - just pay the debt, but you would be incorrect! The truth is, just because you paid the collection account does not mean it will come off of your credit report. … Continue reading HOW DO I GET COLLECTION ACCOUNTS OFF MY CREDIT REPORT?

LAW AIMS TO PROTECT FOSTER CHILDREN FROM ID THEFT

A congressman from Rhode Island wants state governments to do more to protect children in foster care from identity theft. U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin is pushing legislation in Congress that would require states to run credit checks on foster children and help those who are the victims of identity theft. His bill also would prohibit … Continue reading LAW AIMS TO PROTECT FOSTER CHILDREN FROM ID THEFT