HOW DO I DISPUTE CREDIT REPORT ERRORS?

The most frequent question I receive is - How do I dispute credit report errors?    The answer may not be what you think it is.  Most consumers think that they should dispute the inaccurate item to the company providing the incorrect information to Equifax, Experian or Trans Union, but that is not the best practice. [...]

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 [...]

BANK OF AMERICA SETTLES CLASS ACTION FOR $335 MILLION

Bank of America (BOA) has agreed to pay $335 million to settle a lawsuit alleging BOA charged different rates for home loans based on “race or national origin.”  The lawsuit claims Countrywide Financial Corp., owned by Bank of America, charged higher fees to “black and Hispanic borrowers.”  The settlement will affect more than 200,000 borrowers. [...]

200,000 RESTAURANT DEPOT CUSTOMERS AT RISK FOR IDENTITY THEFT

200,000 Restaurant Depot and Jetro Cash & Carry customers are at risk for identity theft after Russian hack attack.  According to its CEO, Stanley Fleishman, the identity thieves are based in Russia and accessed Restaurant Depot’s network through the Internet.  Once inside the network, hackers downloaded magnetic stripe data from customers’ credit and debit cards.  [...]

ID THEFT RING BROKEN UP BY TENNESSEE TROOPERS

Carlton Lewis, 25, was sentenced to almost 6 years in prison for his involvement in a Southeastern identity theft ring.  Lewis was about to receive a doctorate degree from the University of Georgia when he was arrested in Tennessee in March 2011.  Lewis was first charged with a DUI, but federal law enforcement helped build [...]

IDENTITY THEFT IN THE NEWS: WEEKLY UPDATE

  Identity theft probe includes Clay County victims Clay Today Online There are at least 20 victims of identity theft in Clay County and the amount stolen is at least $10000, the Sheriff's Office said. All the Clay County victims had accounts on file at the Eagle Harbor Golf Club where Mr. Janitor was contracted [...]

Identity Theft Victim – Idaho Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division

Idaho’s Brett DeLange, chief of the Idaho Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, falls victim to identity thief.  Not long ago, DeLange was contacted by a store to confirm his purchase of multiple video cameras.  An identity thief somehow obtained DeLange’s credit card number and 3 digit security code and ordered the video cameras. After DeLange was [...]

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 [...]

TRICARE CLASS ACTION FILED OVER MASSIVE DATA LOSS

In addition to the negative publicity associated with being included on the federal tally of major health information breaches, some organizations are experiencing yet another impact of breaches: class action lawsuits. The latest organization to be sued for a major breach is Sutter Health, which faces two class action lawsuits in the wake of a [...]

FACEBOOK MAKES SETTLEMENT IN PRINCIPAL WITH FTC OVER CONSUMER PRIVACY ISSUES

Facebook has reached a tentative settlement with the Federal Trade Commission on accusations that it deceived consumers that their private information on the social network would remain private when it wasn't, the FTC said Tuesday. Under the proposed settlement, Facebook promised to take a number of steps to live up to its promises, including giving [...]