ROCKYOU DATA BREACH CLASS ACTION POISED FOR SETTLEMENT

When Alan Claridge's personal information was compromised in the breach of data from RockYou in 2009, he sued the company for damages. Last week, after two years in litigation, a settlement was proposed -- and legal experts say it might prop the door open for more lawsuits. According to the proposed settlement agreement, the judgment in Claridge's [...]

ID THEFT NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATE

Linkedin to identity theftToronto Sun Toronto hi-tech thieves are sifting through business networking websites like Linkedin to find rich CEOs and businessmen to prey on by stealing their personal data and creating false identities to rack up cash and credit, police say. ... Identity Theft Costs Clarendon Hills Woman $5800 Patch.com By Joe O'Donnell Identity [...]

LOOKING FOR A JOB? BETTER LOOK AT YOUR CREDIT REPORT FIRST!

Are you looking for a job?  When is the last time you requested your free credit report?  Why you ask?  More employers are looking at applicants’ credit reports when making hiring decisions.  Recently, the number of delinquencies being reported to Equifax, Experian and Trans Union has increased.  No doubt, the number of derogatory accounts (i.e., [...]

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 ...   [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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), [...]