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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

UGA EMPLOYEES AT RISK FOR ID THEFT

Employees who worked at the University of Georgia (UGA) in 2002 are at risk of identity theft after their personal identifying information (PII) was made public.  According to UGA, university official recently discovered a data file on a publicly available web server.  The web file included 18,931 employees’ Social Security numbers, date of birth, dates of [...]

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, [...]

NEW CALIFORNIA ID THEFT LAW

California's new identity theft law went into effect last week.  Senate Bill 24 gives consumers access to information to prevent identity theft.  Previously, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed versions of the bill in 2008, 09 and '10. The new law amends California's data breach notification law and mandates the type of information that must be included in [...]

College Students Warned of Identity Theft

As if choosing your classes, trying to find a place to live and meeting your roommates weren't enough to worry about, the Better Business Bureau is reminding everyone that there are predators who stand ready to steal your identity. Identity theft is not a priority for most college students. But, as a student who is [...]

College Students At Higher Risk For Identity Theft – News Story – KFOX El Paso

          When I was in college, I didn't think about checking my credit score, because I'm not buying a house, I'm not taking out any loans other than my college loans.," said Justin Underwood, an attorney who specializes in identity theft at the El Paso law firm Wyatt and Underwood."College students [...]

Men Charged In Identity Theft Cases

Louisville Metro police believe they have broken up an identity theft ring with the arrests of three men. Investigators said they discovered personal information belonging to more than 100 people, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth and even PIN numbers.Investigators said the two men bought a big-screen TV, PlayStation 3 consoles and gift cards [...]

Identity theft a growing problem for college students

          With statistics revealing it is 10 times more likely for an individual to have their identity stolen than their car, it is important for college students to protect themselves and their personal information. A study in February revealed 50 percent of the victims of identity theft are college students. This [...]