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 [...]

ATM SKIMMING ARREST MADE IN CALIFORNIA

A San Diego has been accused of "skimming" personal identifying information (PII) from bank customers' ATM cards.  According to authorities, a skimmer was placed on a bank door and allowed an identity thief to take thousands of ATM users' personal identifying numbers (PINs).  The alleged identity thief, Daniel Axinte, was charged with over 40 counts [...]

CHILDREN AT RISK FOR ID THEFT

Identity theft is a growing problem for American consumers, especially children.  In fact, a recent study on identity theft indicates children are at a greater risk for having their identities stolen.  How much greater? Children are 50 times greater than adults to be victims of identity theft! Theft of children's personal identifying information often goes [...]

TELETRACK TO PAY $1.8 MILLION TO SETTLE FCRA CLAIMS

Teletrack, Inc. has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) charges that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  The FTC  alleged Teletrack sold consumers' credit reports to marketers without a permissible purpose. According to the FTC complaint, Teletrack sold consumer credit reports to payday lenders, rental stores, and sub-prime [...]

ARREST MADE IN ID THEFT CASE – TROY, ALABAMA

According to Stacy Graning at the Troy Messenger, Ramona Watson, the former executive director of the Child Advocacy Center was arrested this past week on two felony counts of identity theft.  Watson was being held in the Pike County Jail on $5,000 bond.  Watson resigned from the Advocacy Center on May 13. Court documents demonstrate [...]

HOW DO I DISPUTE CHARGES ON MY CREDIT CARD?

Have you discovered an error on your credit card statement?  Common errors include duplicate charges for the same product or charges for a product you never received or returned to the merchant. How do you dispute these types of credit card billing errors? Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, consumers have the right to dispute [...]

SONY PSN DATA BREACH UPDATE – FREE CREDIT MONITORING EXTENSION

Sony has agreed to extend its offer for free credit monitoring to July 31, 2011.  Originally, Sony's offer of free credit monitoring with All Clear ID Plus was available for its customers until June 18.  The credit monitoring is being offered to members of the Play Station Network (PSN) prior to the April data breach.   The credit monitoring [...]

ATM SKIMMERS USED TO STEAL OVER $400,000

Four men have been indicted on federal charges related to an identity theft ring, according to US Attorney José Angel Moreno.  The men, Jason Michael Lall, 38, John Pierre Griffin, 32, John DaSilva Paz, 27, all residents of Houston, and Albert Richard, 51, of Missouri City, are charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and [...]

I RECEIVED A BREACH NOTIFICATION LETTER – WHAT NEXT?

Consumers receive breach notification letters (and e-mails) all the time, but do you know what you should do if you receive a breach notification? Chances are, if you live in one of the 46 states with a breach notification law, you have received a notice that your personal identifying information may have been lost or [...]

RESTAURANT DATA BREACH – HACKERS STEAL CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD INFO

A Lexington, Kentucky Italian restaurant, Smashing Tomato, has announced that it has suffered a data breach.  The Smashing Tomato's customers are complaining of unauthorized charges on their credit and debit cards as far away as Texas and Ohio.  The restaurant learned of the data breach after being contacted by the US Secret Service. The restaurant's [...]