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 … Continue reading RESOLVE TO BE AN INFORMED CONSUMER

HOW DO I IMPROVE MY CREDIT REPORT IN 2012?

How do you improve your credit report?  You can improve your credit report – easily and almost for free!  Whether you are applying for credit, a job or insurance, your credit report can mean you get the job or you stay at the house!  Here are 3 easy tips to improve your credit report and … Continue reading HOW DO I IMPROVE MY CREDIT REPORT IN 2012?

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 … Continue reading IDENTITY THEFT IN THE NEWS: WEEKLY UPDATE

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 … Continue reading ALABAMA RANKS NO. 15 FOR ID THEFT

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 … Continue reading TRICARE CLASS ACTION FILED OVER MASSIVE DATA LOSS

ID THEFT STORIES IN THE NEWS: WEEKLY UPDATE

We have been flooded with identity theft stories from all over the country this past week.  Here are a few of the top stories: Personal Finance: Shredding is still top tip for avoiding identity theft Sacramento Bee By Claudia Buck Amid all the fears over identity theft, the No. 1 tip on how to avoid … Continue reading ID THEFT STORIES IN THE NEWS: WEEKLY UPDATE

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 … Continue reading MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO IDENTITY THEFT

TRICARE DATA LOSS – SERVICE MEMBERS’ PERSONAL INFORMATION STOLEN

The US Military’s healthcare program, TriCare, has confirmed that Science Applications International Corporation will cover the costs associated with notifying almost 5 million beneficiaries whose personal identifying information was stolen in September 2001.  The service member’s information was stolen from backup computer tapes, including Social Security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers.  The massive data theft … Continue reading TRICARE DATA LOSS – SERVICE MEMBERS’ PERSONAL INFORMATION STOLEN