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 [...]

WHAT IS PHISHING?

I remember learning how "fish" with my dad and grandfather, but what is "phishing?"  Phishing occurs when someone sends you an email requesting personal information while pretending to be someone else, such as your bank. Identity thieves send phishing emails to lure you into clicking on an impostor link or replying with the requested personal [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

MORGAN STANLEY CUSTOMERS AT RISK FOR ID THEFT

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's customers are the latest victims of a data loss incident. Morgan Stanley lost 2 CDs containing 34,000 customers' account information and Social Security numbers, according to Chris Maag at Credit.com.  The personal identifying information was allegedly password protected, but the data was not encrypted. Authorities notified Morgan Stanley Smith Barney about [...]

TROY MEDICAL CENTER PATIENTS’ AT RISK FOR ID THEFT

Troy Regional Medical Center is notifying hundreds of patients about a recent data breach.  According to Stacy Graning at the Troy Messenger, patients' personal identifying information (names, date of birth, address and Social Security number) was stolen from Troy Regional Medical Center earlier this year. Authorities are investigating the data theft and believe the criminal [...]