ID THEFT NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATE

We represent victims of identity theft across the country.  Identity theft is an epidemic, especially in the South.  Few identity thieves are arrested and convicted.  What can consumers do do protect their credit reports? Federal law provides identity theft victims with rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Under federal law, identity theft victims have a [...]

SOUTH LOUISIANA IDENTITY THEFT

Mistie Young, of Eunice, Louisiana, was arrested and charged with six counts of identity theft.  According to the police, Young purportedly forged the identity theft victims' names when she made credit card purchases.  police first became aware of the theft when a Eunice, Louisiana resident complained of a stolen debit card. Investigators easily tracked down [...]

TOP IDENTITY THEFT STORIES IN THE NEWS: WEEKLY UPDATE

  Identity theft among family members affects millions Reuters “The realities of familial identity theft are far worse than anything you see in a soap opera. It is the ultimate in family betrayal.” Identity theft expert Linda Foley, who runs the consultancy ID Theft Info Source says the sad truth is family members ...   [...]

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 [...]

BIRMINGHAM SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINSTRATION ID THEFT INCIDENT

A former Birmingham, Alabama Social Security Administration employee has been sentenced to more than 2 years in prison for identity theft.  The employee, Ame-Cherie Denise Thompson, 34, of Birmingham, Alabama used someone else’s Social Security number to get a car loan for a friend.  After Thompson gets out of prison, she will also have to serve 5 [...]

POLICE MAKE ARREST IN MULTI-STATE ID THEFT RING

Police have extradited a Texas woman on identity theft charges.  The alleged identity thief, Tamara Turner, 31 of Houston, Texas has been charged with 18 counts of identity theft for stealing another woman's identity and used a fake ID to open fraudulent accounts all over the US.  One of the victims, a Connecticut resident, claims [...]

FEDERAL COURT ORDERS DEBT COLLECTOR TO STOP ABUSIVE DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES

A federal judge has ordered Rumson, Bolling & Associates, a debt collection agency, to cease operations and stop abusing consumers.  The federal order also froze the companies assets.  A court-appointed receiver will take over the day-to-day operations of the business while the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) prosecutes the company for scamming consumers.  The FTC's complaint alleged that the defendants collected [...]

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, [...]

MICHIGAN RESIDENTS AT RISK FOR ID THEFT

Michigan Secretary of State officials are sending out breach notification letters to customers who could be at risk of identity theft. State officials believe an identity thief took driver's license applications and state ID applications from at least two branches, including two Macomb County offices. The thefts occurred at the Southwest Macomb PLUS Office on Dequindre Road in Warren and the [...]