UPROMISE REWARDS PROGRAM SETTLES WITH FTC FOR DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES

A membership reward service aimed at consumers trying to save money for college has agreed to settle FTC charges and will be barred from its allegedly deceptive practice of using a web-browser toolbar to collect consumers' personal information without adequately disclosing the extent of the information it is collecting. The settlement with Upromise Inc. is [...]

TRINITY HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR IDENTITY THEFT AND BANK FRAUD

Former Trinity Hospital employee, Chelsea Catherine Stewart, from Alabaster, Alabama, was indicted for identity theft and bank fraud.  The federal grand jury passed down the indictment on June 28, 2011.  The charges include: identity theft; possession of stolen mail; attempted bank fraud, misuse of Social Security number; and aggravated identity theft. Ms. Stewart was arrested [...]

DATA BREACH PUTS SEC EMPLOYEES AT RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT

A recent data breach at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has put its employees at risk of identity theft.  The SEC has sent breach notifications to around 4,000 SEC employees.  The personal identifying information (PII) exposed includes Social Security numbers and other payroll information.   The PII was included in an unencrypted e-mail, according to Drew Malcomb, a Department of [...]

HACKERS STEAL CREDIT AND BANK CARD INFORMATION FROM NEBRASKA RESIDENTS

Sarpy County Sheriff's deputies in Omaha, Nebraska are investigating an identity theft case that has affected more than fifty victims.  The hackers went after personal identifying information using customers credit and debit cards.  Investigators believe a data breach at a credit card processor exposed the victims' information.  Some of the victims discovered the identity theft when they viewed their monthly statement [...]

CONSUMER FILES CLASS ACTION AGAINST MICHAELS FOR DATA BREACH

Brandi F. Ramundo has filed a nationwide class action against Michaels after a massive data breach.  Ms. Ramundo claims Michaels should've protected her personal identifying information (PII) from hackers.  Ms. Ramundo's checking account was raided by hackers who stole $1,300 from her.  Ms. Ramundo is seeking statutory, compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief, including an order directing Michaels to pay for credit monitoring [...]

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ALLEGES DISNEY’S EMPLOYEE ID CARDS PUT EMPLOYEES AT RISK FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Disney has been named in a class action lawsuit, according to Linda Coady, Westlaw Journal Employment.  The plaintiffs allege Disney's employee identification cards put them at risk for identity theft because the ID cards required by Walt Disney Co. include a bar code that includes its employees’ Social Security numbers.    The personal identifying information (PII) is easily accessible by using a low [...]

CLASS ACTIONS FILED AGAINST SONY FOR PLAYSTATION DATA BREACH

Sony Playstation 's recent data breach has resulted in several class actions.  At least 25 class action lawsuits have been filed against Sony.  The class action lawsuits have been filed in various U.S. federal courts all over the US.  The class action complaints allege Sony negligently guarded its customers' PII.  The class action lawsuits also [...]

US AIRWAYS DATA BREACH – PILOTS’ PERSONAL INFO LEAKED

US Airways' pilots are at risk for identity theft after a recent data breach.  The FBI and the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA) have been working for several months after a data breach was discovered which includes the personal identifying information (PII) of over 3,000 US Airways' pilots, according to Kelly Jackson Higgins, Dark Reading. Higgins' article quotes an US [...]

DEBTORS’ VERIFICATION RIGHTS

Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), within 5 days after the initial communication with a consumer in connection with the collection of any debt, a debt collector must send the consumer a written notice with the following information: The amount of the debt; the name of the creditor to whom the debt is [...]

5/3 NSF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT INFORMATION

A consumer class action has been tentatively settled against 5/3 bank. A class action notification program began November 29, 2010, as ordered by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (the "Court"), to alert people who have or had a bank account with Fifth Third Bank ("Fifth Third") about a proposed [...]