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 [...]

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, [...]

McD’s EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF SKIMMING CUSTOMERS’ CREDIT CARD NUMBERS

Law enforcement is investigating a Monticello, Minnesota McDonald's employee who is accused of skimming credit card numbers  from customers.  A young McDonald's employee is accused of using a skimmer to steal the credit card numbers of drive thru customers.  The young employee allegedly collected the credit card numbers so that identity thieves could use the credit card numbers for fraudulent [...]

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 [...]

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN YOU FIND ERRORS ON YOUR CREDIT REPORT?

What should you do when you find errors on your credit report? When you find an error on your credit report, you should dispute the incorrect information!  Why?  Inaccurate or incomplete information can lower your credit score and keep you from getting credit, a job or insurance.  Under federal law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), [...]

NURSE STEALS PATIENTS’ PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION AND GOES TO PRISON

A Baltimore woman was convicted of bank fraud and identity theft and sentenced to more than two years in federal prison.  The convicted felon, Phyllis Wilson, used her positions working at four different assisted living facilities in the Baltimore, Maryland area to obtain personal identifying information (PII) from residents and colleagues, including check books and Social Security numbers.  Wilson purchased cell [...]

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 [...]

SENIORS MOST VULNERABLE INVESTORS

According to the North American Securities Administrator's Association (NASAA), seniors are the most vulnerable investors.  Seniors are a viable target for financial predators.  Why?  According to Money magazine, the average household led by those 75 and over has a net worth of $638,000. Secondly, seniors' ability to understand complex financial transactions lessens with age.  Thirdly, [...]