ID THEFT NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATE

Micah Adkins represents 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 to protect their credit report and their reputation? Federal law provides identity theft victims with rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Under federal law, … Continue reading ID THEFT NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATE

200,000 RESTAURANT DEPOT CUSTOMERS AT RISK FOR IDENTITY THEFT

200,000 Restaurant Depot and Jetro Cash & Carry customers are at risk for identity theft after Russian hack attack.  According to its CEO, Stanley Fleishman, the identity thieves are based in Russia and accessed Restaurant Depot’s network through the Internet.  Once inside the network, hackers downloaded magnetic stripe data from customers’ credit and debit cards.  … Continue reading 200,000 RESTAURANT DEPOT CUSTOMERS AT RISK FOR IDENTITY THEFT

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 … Continue reading SOUTH LOUISIANA IDENTITY THEFT

ID THEFT RING BROKEN UP BY TENNESSEE TROOPERS

Carlton Lewis, 25, was sentenced to almost 6 years in prison for his involvement in a Southeastern identity theft ring.  Lewis was about to receive a doctorate degree from the University of Georgia when he was arrested in Tennessee in March 2011.  Lewis was first charged with a DUI, but federal law enforcement helped build … Continue reading ID THEFT RING BROKEN UP BY TENNESSEE TROOPERS

IDENTITY THIEVES STEAL CONSUMERS CREDIT/DEBIT CARD INFO FROM LUCKY’S WITH CARD SKIMMERS

At least 500 consumers had their credit or debit card numbers stolen by identity thieves from the Lucky’s supermarkets.  The identity thieves installed card skimmers at the self-checkout counters of the stores and collected customers’ credit or debit card information, expiration dates, security codes and personal identification numbers (PIN).  What is a skimmer? What stores … Continue reading IDENTITY THIEVES STEAL CONSUMERS CREDIT/DEBIT CARD INFO FROM LUCKY’S WITH CARD SKIMMERS

ALABAMA RANKS NO. 15 FOR ID THEFT

The Federal Trade Commission ranked Alabama No. 15 IN 2010 last year.  In 2009, Alabama ranked 17.  The FTC maintains a database called the Consumer Sentinel Network and lists identity theft and fraud complaints. The FTC received 3,339 identity theft complaints from residents of Alabama last year. What state scored number 1 in the complaints … Continue reading ALABAMA RANKS NO. 15 FOR ID THEFT

Identity Theft Victim – Idaho Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division

Idaho’s Brett DeLange, chief of the Idaho Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, falls victim to identity thief.  Not long ago, DeLange was contacted by a store to confirm his purchase of multiple video cameras.  An identity thief somehow obtained DeLange’s credit card number and 3 digit security code and ordered the video cameras. After DeLange was … Continue reading Identity Theft Victim – Idaho Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division

FLORIDA NURSING HOME RESIDENTS VICTIMS OF ID THEFT

Florida law enforcement arrested two people for conspiring to defraud senior citizens.  Police say Cathy McLain, a nurse at Brandywyne Healthcare Center in Winter Haven, Florida took personal identifying information, including Social Security numbers, birth dates, and other personal information from more than 80 patients at a Florida nursing home.  The nurse is also accused of selling the personal identifying information to … Continue reading FLORIDA NURSING HOME RESIDENTS VICTIMS OF ID THEFT

NEW CALIFORNIA ID THEFT LAW

California's new identity theft law went into effect last week.  Senate Bill 24 gives consumers access to information to prevent identity theft.  Previously, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed versions of the bill in 2008, 09 and '10. The new law amends California's data breach notification law and mandates the type of information that must be included in … Continue reading NEW CALIFORNIA ID THEFT LAW

Men Charged In Identity Theft Cases

Louisville Metro police believe they have broken up an identity theft ring with the arrests of three men. Investigators said they discovered personal information belonging to more than 100 people, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth and even PIN numbers.Investigators said the two men bought a big-screen TV, PlayStation 3 consoles and gift cards … Continue reading Men Charged In Identity Theft Cases