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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

MICHAELS DATA BREACH EXPANDS TO 20 STATES

Michaels, the arts and crafts store, recently experienced a major data breach. The Michaels debit card breach is now believed to have affected stores in 20 states. Michaels customers were put at risk for identity theft when hackers switched PIN pads with skimmers. Brian Riley, senior research director of bank cards at TowerGroup, says financial [...]

WHAT IS IDENTITY THEFT?

What is identity theft?  Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information (PII). Your name, Social Security Number, or credit card number is PII. Identity theft occurs when someone uses PII without your permission or to commit fraud or other crimes. According to the Federal Trade Commission, approximately 10 million Americans have their [...]

SONY PLAY STATION DATA BREACH

Sony thinks an "unauthorized person" now has access to all PlayStation Network account information and passwords, and may have obtained users. credit card numbers.  The PlayStation maker said it believes hackers now have access to customers personal identify information, including name, date of birth, address, e-mail address.  The hackers also have access to users PlayStation Network/Qriocity passwords, logins, [...]

GEORGIA IDENTITY THEFT CONVICTION

A Georgia man plead guilty to identity theft and fraud.  Law enforcement found the man with over 675,000 credit card numbers.  The identity thief obtained some of the credit card numbers when he hacked into various business networks. The identity thief, Rogelio Hackett Jr., 26, plead guilty to one count each of access "device fraud" and "aggravated identity theft."   Law enforcement obtained a [...]